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Cruiser and Transport Force

The Cruiser and Transport Service was a unit of the United States Navy's Atlantic Fleet during World War I that was responsible for transporting American men and materiel to France.


On 1 July 1918, the Cruiser and Transport Force was composed of the following ships:[1]

Organization Cruiser And Transport Force United States Atlantic Fleet 1 July 1918 Rear Admiral Albert Cleaves Commander

Cruiser Force

Squadron One

Cruiser Force, Squadron One, was under the command of Rear Admiral Albert Gleaves

Squadron Two

Cruiser Force, Squadron Two, was under the command of Rear Admiral Marbury Johnston

Division Four

Cruiser Force, Squadron Two, Division Four, was commanded by Rear Admiral Hilary P. Jones

Division Five

French Navy warships

French cruisers operating with Cruiser Force under the command of French Rear Admiral M. G. Grout

Transport Force

New York Division

Transport Force, New York Division, was under the command of Rear Admiral Albert Gleaves

Newport News Division

Transport Force, Newport News Division, was under the command of Rear Admiral Hilary P. Jones

Foreign vessels

Foreign vessels operating with the Transport Force Newport News Division


  1. ^ Gleaves, p. 240. (Page 240 shows the date as "July 1, 1916", but is wrong. See p. 102 for a description of the appendices with the correct date of July 1, 1918, listed.)
  2. ^ a b c Though belonging to the Russian American Line, the ship was under British charter. Also in this category was HMT Dwinsk which had been sunk on 18 June 1918.


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