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“The Russians, having completed their trans-Siberian Railroad, had extended its line southward from their maritime provinces across Manchuria to Port Arthur, building a great naval base there to sustain their Pacific fleet.”
“The next key base which would be attacked would be Colombo and the naval base at Trin - comalee in Ceylon.”
“Then news came of Japanese landings in Malay and in the Philippines; the great naval base at the toe of the Malayan peninsula kept its huge, flat-trajectoried guns trained on the sea, its fleet at the ready.”
“Persuaded to come to the Kiel Regatta by his old comrade in arms Guido von Usedom, now an admiral in command of the naval base at Kiel, Jellicoe also saw Prince Henry, the kaiser’s brother, as well as William himself, who asked Jellicoe to race with him on his sailing yacht Meteor.”
“Atlantic Fleet pilots were well acquainted with Cuban waters owing to the curious situation that left the naval base and air station at Guantanamo Bay in American hands.”
“There, the First Lord, employing his broadly Anglicized French, declared in a burst of good fellowship, “Use Malta as if it were Toulon [the main French naval base in the Mediterranean].””
“This deficiency was partially rectified in 1854, when Prussia persuaded the Grand Duke of Oldenburg to sell a five-square-mile plot on Jade Bay; there, over the next fifteen years, the North Sea naval base of Wilhelmshaven was constructed.”
“Germany, with no naval base of its own in the Mediterranean, maintained just two warships in the inland sea.”
“With no naval base on the North Sea where the Grand Fleet was based, he, as Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Fleet, arranged for one of these floating docks to be towed to Cromarty Firth, where it was used seventy times by battleships and battle cruisers, saving them the longer voyage and the need for a destroyer escort passing back and forth to the permanent docks at Plymouth and Portsmouth.”
“In 1940, Flight Lieutenant Ben Bowring, com - mander of B Flight in Squadron 260, drafted to protect convoys and the naval base at Scapa Flow, while based at Skitten near Wick had a small ad - venture, after which he went on living on time loaned to him by the Hurricane he had taken up for a test flight.”
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