HMS Aggressive (shore establishment)

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HMS Aggressive
Newhaven, East Sussex
HMS Aggressive is located in East Sussex
HMS Aggressive
HMS Aggressive
Coordinates50°47′26″N 0°03′15″E / 50.79050°N 0.054250°E / 50.79050; 0.054250
TypeCoastal Forces Base
Site information
Controlled by United Kingdom
Site history
In use1941-1945
Garrison information
GarrisonRoyal Navy

HMS Aggressive was a shore establishment of the British Royal Navy during World War II, based at Newhaven, East Sussex.

Service history

Founded in November 1941 as a base for Coastal Forces, it was first named Forward II, but was renamed Aggressive on 4 November 1942. Based at the London & Paris Hotel and at the East Quay, it was decommissioned on 16 April 1945.[1]

From September 1942[2] Aggressive was the base for the 1st Steam Gun Boat Flotilla, vessels powered by steam turbines, under the command of Peter Scott.[3]

A plaque commemorating the men who served at Aggressive was unveiled on 28 November 2009 at Newhaven Fort.[4]


  1. Warlow, Ben (1992). Shore Establishments of the Royal Navy. Liskeard, Cornwall: Maritime Books. ISBN 0-907771-52-1.
  2. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen (2011). "Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) Officers 1940-1945 (S)". Unit Histories. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  3. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen (2011). "Royal Navy Coastal Forces 1940-1945". Unit Histories. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  4. Still, Jim (28 November 2009). "HMS Aggressive Coastal Forces Plaque". Our Newhaven. Retrieved 5 November 2011.