HC Deb 29 June 1883 vol 280 cc1865-6

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Under whose authority the Mediterranean Squadron is now visiting a number of Adriatic Ports, and for what object, whether by way of international courtesy or for the purpose of improving the navigating knowledge of the officers?


Sir, the Mediterranean Squadron is engaged, under the orders of the Board of Admiralty, in its summer cruise, which is undertaken for the purpose of exercising the officers and men in fleet evolutions and manœuvring. The visits made in the course of the cruise to various ports afford an opportunity for the exchange of international courtesies.