Convoy commodore

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Office of the Convoy commodore
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Ensign of the Royal Navy
Reports to First Sea Lord
Nominator First Sea Lord
Appointer Prime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term length Not fixed
Formation 1939-1945

Convoy commodore also known as Commodore, convoys was the title of a civilian put in charge of the good order of the merchant ships in the British convoys used during World War II. Usually the convoy commodore was a retired naval officer or a senior merchant captain drawn from the Royal Naval Reserve. He was aboard one of the merchant ships.

The convoy commodore was distinguished from the commander of the convoy's escort, always a naval officer.

Convoy commodores[edit]

Noted commodores include:


  • Burn, Alan (1996). The Fighting Commodores, Convoy Commanders in the Second World War. Pen & Sword Books Ltd. ISBN 978-0850525045.