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Starting around the time that steam
cruisers became popular in the 1870s, the Royal Navy tended to organise such ships into groups called Cruiser Squadrons. Squadrons were commanded by a Rear-Admiral whose title was given as Flag Officer Cruiser Squadron n, or CSn for short (e.g. the officer commanding the 3rd Cruiser Squadron would be CS3).
During peace time the grouping was primarily for administrative purposes, but during war the whole squadron tended to be operated as a unified fighting unit and such units would train in this formation during peace. In the main fighting fleets (
Home Fleet and Mediterranean Fleet) members of a given squadron were normally of the same or similar classes. The use of Cruiser Squadrons died out as the number of such ships decreased following World War II. 1st Cruiser Squadron-1939 Mediterranean Fleet, Second World War and afterwards - Mountbatten? [3 ] 2nd Cruiser Squadron -1914 Grand Fleet, HMS , Minotaur HMS , Hampshire HMS , and Shannon HMS . 1932 Cochrane Home Fleet in the interwar period. HMS , Dorsetshire HMS and York HMS in 1932. Exeter [4 ] 3rd Cruiser Squadron- Mediterranean Fleet 4th Cruiser Squadron:- 1939 East Indies Station HMS , Gloucester HMS , Liverpool HMS ; 1945 Manchester British Pacific Fleet HMS , Swiftsure HMS , Argonaut HMS , Black Prince HMS , Euryalus HMNZS Gambia 5th Cruiser Squadron-1939 China Station HMS Cornwall HMS Dorsetshire HMS Kent HMS . Post World War II Flag Officer Commanding was for a period an additional appointment for Birmingham Flag Officer Second in Command Far East Fleet. 6th Cruiser Squadron-1939 South Atlantic Station 7th Cruiser Squadron-1940 Mediterranean Fleet HMS , Gloucester HMS , Neptune HMS , Orion HMAS , and Sydney HMS . On 21 June 1940, Liverpool Bardia was bombarded by the 7th Cruiser Squadron of the Mediterranean Fleet. The bombardment force consisted of the French battleship Lorraine, British cruisers HMS and Orion HMS , the Australia cruiser Neptune HMAS , and the destroyers HMS Sydney Dainty, Decoy, Hasty, and HMAS . Stuart However the bombardment is reported to have only caused minimal damage. [5 ] British 8th Cruiser Squadron-1939 West Indies Station British 9th Cruiser Squadron British 10th Cruiser Squadron - First World War operated Northern Patrol checking trade routes to Germany British 11th Cruiser Squadron British 12th Cruiser Squadron British 15th Cruiser Squadron 1942 Mediterranean Fleet HMS , Cleopatra , Arethusa , Dido and Euryalus Orion 18th Cruiser Squadron-1939 Home Fleet. Home Fleet/Nore 1940 - War Diary March-May 1940 Defence boats [edit ] British 1st Seaward Defence Boat Squadron Destroyers [edit ] Escorts [edit ] British 21st Escort Squadron British 22nd Escort Squadron British 23rd Escort Squadron British 24th Escort Squadron British 25th Escort Squadron British 26th Escort Squadron British 27th Escort Squadron British 28th Escort Squadron British 29th Escort Squadron British 30th Escort Squadron Fast patrol boats [edit ] British 1st Fast Patrol Boat Squadron British 2nd Fast Patrol Boat Squadron British Fast Patrol Boat Squadron Fisheries [edit ] Frigates [edit ] Minesweepers [edit ] Coastal minesweepers [edit ] British 100th Minesweeper Squadron British 101st Minesweeper Squadron British 105th Minesweeper Squadron British 106th Minesweeper Squadron British 108th Minesweeper Squadron British 120th Minesweeper Squadron Fleet minesweepers [edit ] British 1st Minesweeper Squadron British 2nd Minesweeper Squadron British 3rd Minesweeper Squadron British 4th Minesweeper Squadron British 5th Minesweeper Squadron British 6th Minesweeper Squadron Inshore minesweepers [edit ] British 50th Minesweeper Squadron British 51st Minesweeper Squadron British 52nd Minesweeper Squadron British 232nd Minesweeper Squadron Mine countermeasures [edit ] British 1st Minecountermeasures Squadron British 2nd Minecountermeasures Squadron British 3rd Minecountermeasures Squadron British 5th Minecountermeasures Squadron British 6th Minecountermeasures Squadron British 7th Minecountermeasures Squadron British 8th Minecountermeasures Squadron British 9th Minecountermeasures Squadron British 10th Minecountermeasures Squadron British 11th Minecountermeasures Squadron Submarines [edit ] 1st Submarine Squadron (United Kingdom) - HMS Dolphin, Gosport. 2nd Submarine Squadron (United Kingdom) - HMNB Devonport, Plymouth. 3rd Submarine Squadron (United Kingdom) - HMNB Clyde, Faslane. 4th Submarine Squadron (United Kingdom) - with China Station 1939. With headquarters at Singapore, the then-named Fourth Submarine Flotilla comprised Rorqual, Grampus, Regent, Rover, Parthian, Olympus, Proteus, Regulus, Rainbow, Phoenix, Perseus, Pandora Orpheus, Odin, and Otus. [6 ] Trincomalee May 1944, Perth, Australia, after October 1944 supported by the depot ship HMS . Australia postwar (decision to host flotilla seems to have been made in 1949). The 4th Submarine Squadron, which included "T" class submarines, was disbanded on 10 January 1969 when the 1st Australian Submarine Squadron comprising Adamant HMAS and Otway HMAS was founded. Oxley [7 ] HMS departed Sydney for the United Kingdom that day. Trump 5th Submarine Squadron (United Kingdom) - Malta. 6th Submarine Squadron (United Kingdom) - Nova Scotia. 7th Submarine Squadron (United Kingdom) - Singapore. 10th Submarine Squadron (United Kingdom) - strategic nuclear missile submarines based HMNB Clyde, Faslane. Training [edit ] British 2nd Training Squadron British 3rd Training Squadron British 4th Training Squadron British Home Fleet Training Squadron Flotillas [edit ] Destroyers [edit ]
Pennant number#Flotilla bands British 1st Destroyer Flotilla: British 2nd Destroyer Flotilla: British 3rd Destroyer Flotilla: British 4th Destroyer Flotilla: British 5th Destroyer Flotilla: 1932 Home Fleet British 6th Destroyer Flotilla: 1932 Home Fleet; 1939 Home Fleet HMS Somali British 7th Destroyer Flotilla: 1941 British Eastern Fleet HMAS , Norman HMAS , Napier HMAS and Nestor HMAS . Nizam British 8th Destroyer Flotilla: British 9th Destroyer Flotilla: British 10th Destroyer Flotilla:1940 Mediterranean Fleet British 11th Destroyer Flotilla: 1939 Home Fleet HMS , Vanquisher HMS , Vansittart HMS , Vimy HMS , Walker HMS , Warwick HMS and Whirlwind HMS Winchelsea British 12th Destroyer Flotilla British 13th Destroyer Flotilla British 14th Destroyer Flotilla:1942 Mediterranean Fleet HMS , Jervis , Javelin , Kelvin , Nubian , Pakenham and Paladin Petard British 15th Destroyer Flotilla British 16th Destroyer Flotilla1939 Portsmouth Command British 17th Destroyer Flotilla British 18th Destroyer Flotilla 1939 Home Fleet HMS Kempenfelt(1939-1939 (transferred to RCN) British 19th Destroyer Flotilla: British 20th Destroyer Flotilla British 21st Destroyer Flotilla:1939 China Station HMS , Duncan HMS , Decoy HMS , Defender HMS , Delight HMS , Duchess HMS , Dainty HMS , Daring HMS and Diamond HMS Diana British 22nd Destroyer Flotilla British 23rd Destroyer Flotilla: formerly French small destroyers Bouclier, Branlebas, L'Incomprise, La Cordeliere, La Flore, La Melpomène British 24th Destroyer Flotilla British 25th Destroyer Flotilla: 1945 British Pacific Fleet HMS , Grenville HMS , Ulster HMS , Undine HMS , Urania HMS , Undaunted HMS , Ursa HMS , Ulysses HMS Urchin British 26th Destroyer Flotilla: 1945 British Eastern Fleet HMS , Saumarez HMS , Verulam HMS and Venus HMS Virago British 27th Destroyer Flotilla: 1945 British Pacific Fleet HMS , Kempenfelt HMS , Wager HMS , Wakeful HMS , Wessex HMS , Whelp HMS , Whirlwind HMS Wizard. [13 ] British 28th Destroyer Flotilla: British 29th Destroyer Flotilla: Escorts [edit ] British 1st Escort Flotilla British 2nd Escort Flotilla British 3rd Escort Flotilla British 4th Escort Flotilla British 5th Escort Flotilla Minesweepers [edit ] British 4th Minesweeper Flotilla British 5th Minesweeper Flotilla British 6th Minesweeper Flotilla Motor torpedo boats [edit ] British 10th MTB Flotilla British 58th MTB Flotilla Submarines [edit ] British 1st Submarine Flotilla British 2nd Submarine Flotilla British 3rd Submarine Flotilla 4th Submarine Flotilla (United Kingdom) 1939: , Medway , Westcott , Grampus , Rorqual , Odin , Otus , Olympus , Parthian , Regent , Rover Orpheus, , Pandora , Perseus , Phoenix , Rainbow , Regulus Proteus 5th Submarine Flotilla (United Kingdom) 7th Submarine Flotilla, part of Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic. At Freetown, Sierra Leone, 3 September 1939, comprised HMS Clyde and HMS Severn. [14 ] Training [edit ] British 2nd Training Flotilla References [edit ] ^ "RN Bridge Card - 30 Jul 10" . Retrieved . 2010-09-22 ^ Graham Watson, Royal Navy: Fleet Air Arm, August 1945, v 1.0, April 7, 2002, Orbat.com ^ Orbat.com, Mediterranean Fleet, 3 September 1939 ^ Home Fleet listing for 1933 ^ http://www.sydneymemorial.com/history.htm, and Jürgen Rohwer (2005). Chronology of the War at Sea, 1939–1945: The Naval History of World War Two. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-59114-119-8, p.29. Rohmer adds HMS Achilles. ^ Orbat.com/Niehorster, http://www.orbat.com/site/ww2/drleo/017_britain/39_navy/china-station_submarines.html ^ "Oberon Class - The First Australian Submarine Squadron". Submarine Institute of Australia . Retrieved . 24 January 2011 ^ a b c d e f g h Niehorster, Leo, In cooperation with Donald Kindell and Mark E. Horan. "Order of Battle Mediterranean Fleet Rear-Admiral, Destroyers 3 September 1939" . Retrieved . 29 September 2013 ^ a b c d Niehorster, Leo. "Home Fleet" . Retrieved . 19 November 2012 ^ a b "HMAS Voyager (I)" . Retrieved . 18 November 2012 ^ a b Nierhorster, Leo. "Roysth Command" . Retrieved . 19 November 2012 ^ a b c d e Nierhorster, Leo. "Nore Command" . Retrieved . 19 November 2012 ^ The British Pacific Fleet ^ http://www.orbat.com/site/ww2/drleo/017_britain/39_navy/south-atlantic.html