asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if the date for the coming naval mobilisation and review by His Majesty at Spithead is definitely fixed for 18th July; what is the number and description of each class of vessel which will be assembled there for review; if any provision is contemplated whereby Members of both Houses of Parliament can be present at this review as in former years; if he will place in the Tea Room a chart showing the position of the ships; if he will state if the regulations which yachts, passenger vessels, and other merchant ships will have to obey during the review have yet been issued; and, if not, how soon they will be available?
Valletta harbour is a deep water harbour ideal for the protection of shipping. The Royal Navy used the harbour as a safe anchorage for her capitol warships. Fort St Angelo was used as a shore side base. Near by are dry dock facilities and stores.
The ramparts with guns protected the inner harbour whilst other forts provided extended protection.