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Classis Britannica

Classis Britannica was the name of the Roman fleet which policed the Channel. It does not appear in the evidence before the early 2nd cent., though fleets were used in the Claudian invasion and by Agricola. Commanded by a procurator, its main base was at Boulogne, with an important installation at Dover. Bricks and tiles stamped CL BR (and variants) are widely distributed in present-day Kent and East Sussex, many associated with Wealden iron-working sites, which seem to have been under direct military exploitation. We have no direct evidence for the Classis Britannica after the early 3rd cent.

Alan Simon Esmonde Cleary

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