Fleets are collections of ships selected for a particular purpose or expedition. As such they may be a fleet engaged in an expedition, located in a specific area or dispatched on a particular mission.
Date FromDate ToNationalityFleetFleet Commander
15531554Kingdom of EnglandMuscovy Company Expedition to the North East Passage 1553Sir Hugh Willoughby (d.1554)
15951596Kingdom of EnglandExpedition to the West IndiesSir Francis Drake (1540-1596)
15961596Kingdom of EnglandExpedition to Cadiz 
7.159710.1597Kingdom of EnglandExpedition to the Azores 
6.4.15991601Dutch RepublicExpedition to Ambom Steven van der Hagen (1563-1624)
13.2.1600/111.9.1603Kingdom of EnglandEast India Company, First Voyage (1601–1603) James Lancaster (1554-1618)
13.2.1600/111.9.1603Kingdom of EnglandEast India Company - First Voyage 
3.1617/183.1621/22DenmarkDanish Expedition to India Ove Giedde (1594-1660)
22.10.16201621Kingdom of EnglandExpedition to Algiers 
16231626Dutch RepublicThe Nassau Fleet Jacques l'Hermite (1582-1624)
16281628Kingdom of EnglandExpedition to La Rochelle 
16371637Kingdom of EnglandShips Lent to the Prince Elector 
16421642Kingdom of EnglandSummer Guard of 1642Sir John Pennington (d.1646)
16421642Kingdom of EnglandSummer Guard of the Irish Sea 1642 Thomas Kettleby
16431643Kingdom of EnglandSummer Guard of 1643 
16431644Kingdom of EnglandWinter Guard of 1643 
16441644Kingdom of EnglandSummer Guard of 1644 
16451645Kingdom of EnglandWinter Guard of 1645 
16451645Kingdom of EnglandWinter Guard 
16451645Kingdom of EnglandSummer Guard of 1645 
16461646Kingdom of EnglandSummer Guard of 1646Sir John Pennington (d.1646)
16461646Kingdom of EnglandWinter Guard of 1646 
16471647Kingdom of EnglandSummer Guard of 1647 
16471648Kingdom of EnglandWinter Guard of 1647 Thomas Rainsborough
16481648Kingdom of EnglandSummer Guard of 1648 
11.16481651Kingdom of EnglandRoyalist Fleet for Ireland 1649Sir Rupert Palatine (Prince Palatine of the Rhine) (1619-1682)
16491649Kingdom of EnglandSummer Guard of 1649 
9.16491650Commonwealth of EnglandWinter Guard of 1649 
16501650Commonwealth of EnglandSummer Guard of 1650 
14.2.1649/501652Commonwealth of EnglandFleet sent to Lisbon Robert Blake (1598-1657)
16511652Commonwealth of EnglandFleet sent to Barbados 1651 
16511652Commonwealth of EnglandFleet sent to BarbadosSir George Ayscue (d.1672)
16521652Dutch RepublicDutch Fleet to the Shetlands (1652) 
9.9.165214.10.1652Commonwealth of EnglandBritish Baltic Fleet 1652 Andrew Ball (d.1653)
11.165212.1652Commonwealth of EnglandDutch Anti-Smuggling Squadron (1652/11) 
9.165310.1653Commonwealth of EnglandDutch Fleet to Norway (1653) Witte Corneliszoon de With (1599-1658)
29.9.16548.1657Commonwealth of England, Scotland and IrelandFleet for the Mediterranean Robert Blake (1598-1657)
25.12.165431.8.1655Commonwealth of England, Scotland and IrelandFleet for the West Indies William Penn (1621-1670)
16551656Commonwealth of England, Scotland and IrelandMediterranean Fleet 1655 Robert Blake (1598-1657)
16561656Dutch RepublicBlockade of Danzig 
13.11.16581659Commonwealth of England, Scotland and IrelandBritish Baltic Fleet 1658 William Goodson (1610-1680)
16591659Commonwealth of England, Scotland and IrelandBritish Baltic Fleet 1659 Edward Montagu (d.1672)
16881689Royaume de FranceArmement Mixte of Colbert de Seignelay and de Relingues Ferdinand de Relingues (Comte de Relingue) (1630-1704)
16886.1690Royaume de FranceArmement Mixte of Colbert de Seignelay for Attack of Surinam Jean Baptiste Ducasse (1646-1715)
5.16891689Royaume de FranceArmement Mixte of Colbert de Seignelay and Tourville 
5.16896.1690Royaume de FranceArmement Mixte for Slave Trade of Colbert de Seignelay de Montsegur
6.168910.1690Royaume de FranceArmement Mixte of Colbert de Seignelay Jacques Dandenne Père (d.1699)
10.16903.11.1690Royaume de FranceArmement Mixte of Colbert de Seignelay et d'Amon Jacques Dandenne Père (d.1699)
25.6.169114.8.1691Royaume de FranceCampagne du Grand Large Anne Hilarion de Costentin (Chevalier de Tourville) (1642-1701)
3.6.169521.4.1696Royaume de FranceArmement Mixte of Jean-Baptiste de Gennes Jean Baptiste de Gennes (Comte d'Oyac) (1656-1705)
7.1.16979.1697Royaume de FranceArmement Mixte of Jean-Baptiste du CasseLord Jean Bernard Louis Desjeans (Baron de Pointis) (1645-1707)
9.17011702Kingdom of EnglandBritish Fleet for the West indies John Benbow (1652/53-1702)
17021703Royaume de FranceArmement Mixte de Levesque de Beaubriant Jean Levesque de Beaubriant (1666-1706)
6.17031703Royaume de FranceArmement Mixte : Campagne of Spiztberg René Trouin (Sieur du Gué) (1673-1736)
6.17031703Royaume de FranceArmement Mixte : Campagne of Spiztberg Second Squadron 
27.11.170327.11.1703Kingdom of EnglandThe Great Storm 
5.170510.1705Kingdom of EnglandBritish Mediterranean FleetSir Cloudisley Shovell (1650-1707)
29.4.17119.10.1711Great BritainBritish Fleet For North AmericaSir Hovenden Walker (1666-1725)
18.5.171529.11.1716Great BritainBritish Baltic Fleet 1715Sir John Norris (1670-1749)
30.3.171715.11.1717Great BritainBritish Baltic Fleet 1717Sir George Byng (1st Baronet of Wrotham in the County of Kent) (1663/64-1732/33)
28.4.171810.1718Great BritainBritish Baltic Fleet 1718Sir John Norris (1670-1749)
15.6.17181720Great BritainBritish Mediterranean FleetSir George Byng (1st Baronet of Wrotham in the County of Kent) (1663/64-1732/33)
4.17194.1719Great BritainBritish Channel FleetSir James Berkeley (3rd Earl of Berkley) (1679-1736)
6.171911.1719Great BritainBritish Baltic Fleet 1719Sir John Norris (1670-1749)
16.4.17201.12.1720Great BritainBritish Baltic Fleet 1720Sir John Norris (1670-1749)
13.4.172120.10.1721Great BritainBritish Baltic Fleet 1721Sir John Norris (1670-1749)
9.4.17261729Great BritainBritish Squadron for the West indiesSir Francis Hosier (d.1727)
17.4.17261.11.1726Great BritainBritish Baltic FleetSir Charles Wager (1666-1743)
20.7.172610.1726Great BritainBritish Mediterranean Fleet John Jennings (d.bef.1733)
24.12.17269.4.1728Great BritainBritish Squadron for the relief of GibraltarSir Charles Wager (1666-1743)
c.2.17271727Great BritainBritish Baltic Fleet 1727Sir John Norris (1670-1749)
27.5.17351735Great BritainBritish Fleet for PortugalSir John Norris (1670-1749)
17371737Great BritainBritish Mediterranean Fleet Nicholas Haddock (1686-1746)
25.7.17391741Great BritainBritish Fleet in the West indies Edward Vernon (1684-1757)
19.6.174014.6.1744Great BritainAnson's Circumnavigation George Anson (1697-1762)
20.10.174421.10.1744Great BritainJamaica Hurricane, 1744 
17461746Great BritainBritish Fleet at Louisbourg Isaac Townsend (1684-1765)
17461746Great BritainBritish Western Squadron 1746 George Anson (1697-1762)
9.175416.9.1754Great BritainConvoy for the King from HollandLord George Anson (1st Baron Anson) (1697-1762)
10.17541755Great BritainBraddock's Expedition Augustus Keppel (1725-1786)
4.17551755Royaume de FranceFleet for QuebecChevalier Emmanuel-Auguste de Cahideuc (Comte Dubois de la Motte) (1683-1764)
4.17551755Royaume de FranceFleet for Louisbourg 
27.4.17554.11.1755Great BritainFleet for North AmericaThe Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761)
17561756Great BritainTransport for Hessian Troops to Britain 
5.17565.1756Great BritainTransport for Hanovarian Troops to Britain 
16.10.17581.3.1759Great BritainExpedition against Île de Gorée Augustus Keppel (1725-1786)
1.1.17751.1.1775Great BritainNorth American Squadron on the 1st of January 1775 Samuel Graves (1713-1787)
9.17751776United States of AmericaWashington's Fleet 
3.12.17751776United States of AmericaFirst American Flottilla 1775 Esek Hopkins (d.1802)
23.2.17796.1779Royaume de FranceDunkirk Privateer Flotilla Jean Baptiste Charles Royer
7.3.17801786Great BritainFleet for the East Indies Edward Hughes (1720-1794)
10.4.17801780Royaume de FranceDunkirk Privateer Squadron Jean Baptiste Charles Royer
6.178214.7.1782United States of AmericaRaid on Nova Scotia Noah Stoddard
7.17821783Great BritainPigot's Fleet to America 
9.178212.1782Great BritainFleet for the relief of Gibraltar 1782Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799)
13.5.178720.1.1788Great BritainFirst Fleet to Australia Arthur Phillip (1738-1814)
10.6.179330.3.1794PortugalChannel Fleet from Portugal Agostinho da Rosa Coelho
8.17938.1793République FrançaiseFrench Ships at Toulon August 1793 
17.9.179331.12.1795PortugalRossilao Fleet from Portugal Pedro Mariz de Sousa Sarmento
5.17959.1795Great BritainBritish invasion of the Dutch Cape Colony 
6.10.17951796Great BritainBritish expedition to the West Indies Hugh Cloberry Christian (1747-1798)
179623.7.1796PortugalBahia Fleet from Portugal Bernardo Ramires Esquivel (1723-1812)
3.17965.1796Great BritainBritish expedition to the West Indies 
15.12.179613.1.1797République FrançaiseFleet for the convoy to Ireland of the Army under General Hoche Justin Bonaventure Morard de Galles (1741-1808)
14.5.179820.5.1798Great BritainRaid on Ostend Home Riggs Popham (1762-1820)
14.8.17981798Great BritainSaumarez's Squadron 1798Sir James Saumarez (1757-1836)
17991799Ottoman EmpireOttoman Expedition to Corfu Seremet Mehmed Bey
18011802United States of AmericaAmerican Mediterranean Squadron 1801-1802 Richard Dale (1756-1826)
18011802United Kingdom of Great Britain and IrelandBritish ships on the Cape of Good Hope Station, 1801Sir Roger Curtis (Baronet ) (1746-1816)
18021803United States of AmericaAmerican Mediterranean Squadron 1802-1803 Richard V Morris
18031804United States of AmericaAmerican Mediterranean Squadron 1803-1804 Edward Preble (1761-1807)
5.3.180311.7.1803République FrançaiseLinois' squadron for Pondicherry Charles Alexandre Léon Durand de Linois (Comte de Linois) (1761-1848)
18041805United States of AmericaAmerican Mediterranean Squadron 1804-1805 Samuel Barron (d.1810)
18051806United States of AmericaAmerican Mediterranean Squadron 1805-1806 John Rodgers (d.1838)
12.180712.1807United Kingdom of Great Britain and IrelandHood's fleet at MadeiraLord Samuel Hood (1st Viscount Hood of Whitley) (1724-1816)
18211821United Kingdom of the NetherlandsDutch Expedition to Palembang 1821