Patrol Squadron Based on Gibraltar, Orders
GIBRALTAR PATROL ORDERS
Austria-Hungary appears to be about to conclude a separate peace in which case it is anticipated that the 17 German Submarines now in the Adriatic will attempt to make for Germany at high speed.
2. The following dispositions will come into force at Gibraltar forthwith :-
SUBMARINE AREA “A” Between Lats. 36.00 N. and 36.30 N. and Longitudes 03.00 W. and 04.00 W.
SUBMARINE AREA “B” Between Latitudes 35.30 N. and 36.00 N. and Longitudes 03.00 W. and 04.00 W.
Friendly submarines will be operating in these two areas.
KITE BALLOON SHIP “A” 30 miles from Europa Point North of Latitude 36.00 N.
KITE BALLOON SHIP “B” 30 miles from Point Almina South of Lat. 36.00 N.
Support Destroyer for Kite Balloon ships will be about the parallel of 36° N., and 20 to 30 miles East of the Straits.
As dusk falls the Kite Balloon ships are to close within 10 miles of Europa Point and Point Almina respectively.
They are to be in their daylight positions by dawn.
EA LINE. i.e., the line joining Europa Point and Point Almina. Two Divisions for four Trawlers each spread at equal distances apart will be on the EA line by night. At dawn the Southern Division is to move West to a line joining Guadalmesi Tower and point Cines (CG Line), & spread equal distance apart along that line, and the Northern Division is to open out and cover the whole length of the EA line. By sunset both Divisions are to be in their night stations.
TA LINE. i.e., line joining Tarifa Point and Point Alcazar will be occupied by Hunting Flotilla and all available Torpedo Boats.
CM LINE. i.e., line joining Point Camarinal and Point Malabata will be occupied by all available Drifters day and night.
TS LINE. i.e., joining Cape Trafalgar and Cape Spartel will be occupied by one Torpedo Boat Destroyer and any available Sloops spread out at equal distances apart.
3. When the weather permits a Seaplane will make a reconnaissance as far to the West as possible at daybreak and as far East as possible before sunset.
4. IMPORTANT. If an enemy submarine is seen or heard a rocket is to be fired, and the nearest ship with W/T is to make an ALLO signal.
5. The vessels on the EA and CM lines should keep clear of the Hunting Flotilla or stop engines when in their vicinity, unless in action with the enemy.
6. The Senior Officer in each Line will be in command of the line. The Commanding Officer Afloat will be Commander Ward Hunt, R.N., or Commander M.K.Burgess, R.N., in a Torpedo Boat on the TA Line
His W/T Call Sign will be K.P.I.
7. Torpedo Boats have only 300 Metre wave and signals for them should be passed through Gibraltar.
8. Documents PQ and RS, containing Recognition Signals for use with submarines, will be in force from 1800, 29th October, 1918.
29th October, 1918.