Battle Cruiser Force

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Battle Cruiser Fleet
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Active1916–1919
CountryUnited Kingdom
BranchRoyal Navy
TypeForce
Part ofDepartment of Admiralty
EngagementsBattle of Jutland

The Battle Cruiser Force [1] was a naval formation of fast Battlecruisers of the Royal Navy from November, 1916 to April, 1919 when it was disbanded.

History

The Force was formed on 29 November 1916 when the British Admiralty renamed the earlier Battle Cruiser Fleet. The force was disbanded in 7 April, 1919.[2]

In Command

Vice-Admiral Commanding, Battle Cruiser Fleet

Post holders included:[3][4][5]

Vice-Admiral Commanding, Battle Cruiser Fleet
Rank Flag Name Term Notes
1 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir William Christopher Pakenham 29 November, 1916 - 28 February, 1919 [6]
2 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Henry Francis Oliver 28 February, 1919 - 21 March, 1919 [7]
3 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Roger John Brownlow Keyes 21 March, 1919 - 7 April, 1919 [8]

Chief of staff to Vice-Admiral Commanding Battle Cruiser Force

Post holders included:[9]

Chief of staff to Vice-Admiral Commanding Battle Cruiser Force
Rank Insig Name Term Notes
1 Captain RN Captain Rank Insignia.png the Hon. Hubert G. Brand November – December 1916
2 Captain RN Captain Rank Insignia.png Edward H. Heaton-Ellis December 1916 – August 1917
3 Captain RN Captain Rank Insignia.png Hugh F. P. Sinclair August 1917 – December 1918
4 Captain RN Captain Rank Insignia.png William H.D. Boyle December 1918 – March 1919

References

  1. Mace, Martin (2014). The Royal Navy and the War at Sea 1914-1919. Barnsley, England: Pen and Sword. p. 53. ISBN 9781781593172.
  2. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Battle Cruiser Force - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 3 November 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  3. Mackie, Colin. "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). gulabin.com. Colin Mackie. p.139. March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  4. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years 1914-1918". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 27 October, 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  5. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Battle Cruiser Force - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 3 November 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  6. Harley and Lovell. 2015
  7. Harley and Lovell. 2015
  8. Harley and Lovell. 2015
  9. Mackie, Colin. "Royal Navy Senior Appointmnets" (PDF). gulabin.com. Colin Mackie. p.139. March 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2020.