The Battlecruiser Squadron was a Royal Navy squadron of battlecruisers that saw service from 1919 to after the end of the Second World War.

History[edit | edit source]

Formation[edit | edit source]

During the First World War, the Royal Navy had initially maintained three squadrons of battlecruisers, until losses at the Battle of Jutland had reduced the number of available battlecruisers sufficiently to warrant a reduction to two squadrons. Following the War, battlecruiser numbers were again reduced to three, with a fourth building.

In late 1919, the Battlecruiser Squadron was formed, consisting of HMS Tiger, flagship of Rear Admiral Sir Roger B. Keyes, KCB, KCVO, CMG, along with HMS Renown and HMS Repulse. HMS Tiger was removed from operational service with the commissioning of HMS Hood in May 1920, and relegated to a training role. HMS Hood then became the flagship of the Battlecruiser Squadron on May 18th, 1920.

Special Service Squadron[edit | edit source]

In 1923, HMS Hood and HMS Repulse, along with several smaller ships of the First Light Cruiser Squadron, formed part of the Special Service Squadron, under command of Vice-Admiral Sir Frederick Field. The Squadron departed Devonport on November 27th 1923 and returned on September 29th 1924 after travelling around the world.

Interwar Period[edit | edit source]

Hood was decommissioned for a major overhaul from May 1929 to May 1931. During this period, flagship duties were transferred to Renown, and Tiger was returned to active service, to maintain the three ship strength of the squadron. Following her recomissioning, Hood again became flagship of the squadron, and remained the flagship until the decommissioning of all three battlecruisers after World War II. Tiger was decommissioned on 30 March 1931 and scrapped shortly after.

Dissolution[edit | edit source]

The Battlecruiser Squadron was dissolved in 1947 after the decommissioning of HMS Renown and HMS Repulse. Hood would be decommissioned in 1950 and made into a museum at HMNB Scapa Flow.

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