18th Cruiser Squadron

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18th Cruiser Squadron
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CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
In CommandRear/Vice/Admiral Commanding, 18th Cruiser Squadron
FirstRear-Admiral Ronald Hallifax
LastVice-Admiral Stuart S. Bonham-Carter

The 18th Cruiser Squadron or Eighteenth Cruiser Squadron was a formation of Cruisers of the Royal Navy, it was formed and disbanded one time from September 1939 to October 1942.

It was commanded by the Rear-Admiral or Vice-Admiral Commanding, 18th Cruiser Squadron.


The 18th Cruiser Squadron was a formation of cruisers of the Royal Navy from 1939 to 1942. The squadron was formed in September 1939 and was assigned to the Home Fleet until it was disbanded in October 1942. It included HMS Norfolk.

In Command


  1. Rear-Admiral Ronald Hallifax, September–November 1939
  2. Vice-Admiral Geoffrey Layton, November 1939-June 1940
  3. Vice-Admiral Sir George Frederick Basset Edward-Collins, June–November 1940
  4. Rear-Admiral Lancelot Ernest Holland, November 1940 - May 1941, (VAdm - 01/1941)
  5. Commodore Charles M. Blackman, May–June 1941, (temporary)
  6. Rear-Admiral Edward Neville Syfret, June 1941-January 1942
  7. Vice-Admiral Stuart S. Bonham-Carter, January–October 1942


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