|Commodore Edmund S. Poë|
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.  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
Post holders included:
|Commodore/Rear-Admiral Commanding, Cruiser Squadron|
|1||Commodore 2nd Class||Edmund S. Poë||31 October, 1899 - 5 October, 1900|
|2||Commodore 2nd Class||Alfred L. Winsloe||5 October, 1900 –15 November, 1902|
|3||Rear-Admiral||Sir Wilmot H. Fawkes||15 November, 1902 - November 1904|
|4||Rear-Admiral||Edmund S. Poë||November 1904-July 1905|
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