Cruiser Squadron

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Cruiser Squadron
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
CountryUnited Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchRoyal Navy
Commodore Edmund S. Poë

The Cruiser Squadron was a naval formation of the British Home Fleet [1] consisting of Armored cruisers of the Royal Navy from 1899 to 1905.


In October 1899 the Royal Navy's Training Squadron consisting mainly of sailing ships was abolished. On the 30 October the Cruiser Squadron was formed using more modern armoured cruisers. [2] Commodore Edmund S. Poë was appointed its first commander. The squadron was assigned to the Home Fleet and existed until 1905. .

Commodore and Rear-Admirals commanding[edit]

Post holders included:[3]

Rank Flag Name Term
Commodore/Rear-Admiral Commanding, Cruiser Squadron
1 Commodore 2nd Class UK-Navy-OF6-Flag.svg Edmund S. Poë 31 October, 1899 - 5 October, 1900
2 Commodore 2nd Class UK-Navy-OF6-Flag.svg Alfred L. Winsloe 5 October, 1900 –15 November, 1902
3 Rear-Admiral Flag of Rear-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Sir Wilmot H. Fawkes 15 November, 1902 - November 1904
4 Rear-Admiral Flag of Rear-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Edmund S. Poë November 1904-July 1905


  1. ^ Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployments 1900-1914". Gordon Smith, 8 August 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  2. ^ Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Cruiser Squadron (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". Harley and Lovell, 3 November 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  3. ^ Mackie, Colin. "Senior Royal Navy Appointments from 1865". Colin Mackie, p.206. February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.