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The Flag Officer

Colin Pengelly

in Sir Samuel Hood and the Battle of the Chesapeake

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033136
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038780 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033136.003.0007
The Flag Officer

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This chapter examines the role of Samuel Hood in the American War of Independence as a flag officer of the British Royal Navy. Now that Hood was in a theatre of active operations, he had a chance to demonstrate his abilities. However, he was only in second place in the chain of command under George Rodney. This chapter suggests that the appointment of Hood as second to Rodney was surprising to his contemporaries and explains that even in his later career Hood never achieved a victory in a major engagement.

Keywords: Samuel Hood; American War of Independence; flag officer; Royal Navy; George Rodney

Chapter.  13522 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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