Admiralty Department's

The Admiralty Departments were distinct and component parts of the Department of Admiralty that were superintended by the various offices of the Sea Lords responsible for them and were primarily administrative and logistical support bodies from 1320 to 1964.

1) History

The Admiralty Departments were distinct and component parts of the Department of Admiralty that were superintended by the various offices of theSea Lords responsible for them and were primarily administrative and logistical support bodies. The departments role was to provide the men, ships, aircraft and supplies to carry out the approved policy of the Board of Admiralty and conveyed to them in the 20th century by the Admiralty Naval Staff. They existed from 1320 to 1964. In April 1964 the Department of Admiralty along with the Air Ministry and War Office are merged into the Ministry of Defence where it becomes the navy-department-mod some of these departments continued with the new Navy Department, whilst others were either renamed or abolished not long after the merger.

2) Admiralty Department's 15th Century

  1. Office of the Clerk of the Kings Ships (1320-1660)
  2. High Court of the Admiralty (1360–1875)
  3. Office of Ordnance (1460-1597)
  4. Office of the President and Judge of the High Court of the Admiralty (1483-1875)

3) Admiralty Department's 16th Century

  1. Office of the Clerk of the Kings Ships (1320-1660)
  2. High Court of the Admiralty (1360–1875)
  3. Office of Ordnance (1460-1597)
  4. Office of the President and Judge of the High Court of the Admiralty (1483-1875)
  5. Office of the Clerk Comptroller (1512-1561)
  6. Office of the Keeper of the Kings Storehouses, (1512-1545)
  7. Vice-Admiralty Courts (1536-1890)
  8. Office of the Treasurer of Marine Causes, (1528-1545)
  9. Council of the Marine (1545-1576)
  10. Navy Pay Office (1545-1832)
  11. Office of the Treasurer of the Navy, (1546-1832)
  12. Office of the Surveyor and Rigger of the Navy (1546-1611)
  13. Office of the Comptroller of the Navy (1561-1832)
  14. Navy Office (1576-1832)
  15. Board of Ordnance (1597-1855)
  16. Impress Service (1597-1814)

4) Admiralty Department's 17th Century

  1. Office of the Clerk of the Kings Ships (1320-1639)
  2. High Court of the Admiralty (1360–1875)
  3. Office of the President and Judge of the High Court of the Admiralty (1483-1875)
  4. Vice-Admiralty Courts (1536-1890)
  5. Navy Pay Office (1545-1832)
  6. Office of the Treasurer of the Navy, (1546-1832)
  7. Office of the Surveyor and Rigger of the Navy (1546-1611)
  8. Office of the Comptroller of the Navy (1561-1832)
  9. Navy Office (1576-1832)
  10. Board of Ordnance (1597-1855)
  11. Impress Service (1597-1814)
  12. Office of the Surveyor of the Navy (1611-1832)
  13. Office of the Clerk of the Navy (1639-1660)
  14. Prisoner of War Department (1653-1822)
  15. Office of the Clerk of the Acts (1660-1796)
  16. Admiralty Secretariat, (1690-1932)
  17. Office of the Judge Advocate of the Fleet (1660-2008)
  18. Marine Office (1664-1755) renamed the Marine Department
  19. Head Messengers Office (1666-1870)
  20. Office of the Deputy Judge Advocate of the Fleet (1668-1870)
  21. Counsel to the Admiralty (1673-1995)
  22. Porters Office (1676-1870)
  23. Register Office (1696–1715)
  24. Counsel to the Admiralty, (1673-1995)
  25. Royal Observatory Greenwich (1675-1998)
  26. Transport Board (1686-1717), (1796-1816)
  27. Office of the Solicitor to the Admiralty (1692-1964)
  28. Greenwich Hospital Department (1692-1869)
  29. Necessary Woman House Keepers Office (1694-1865)
  30. Watchmens Office (1694-1832)
  31. Messengers Office (1694-1806)
  32. House Keepers Office (1697-1800)
  33. Sixpenny Office (1696–1832)

5) Admiralty Department's 18th Century

  1. High Court of the Admiralty (1360–1875)
  2. Office of the President and Judge of the High Court of the Admiralty (1483-1875)
  3. Vice-Admiralty Courts (1536-1890)
  4. Navy Pay Office (1545-1832)
  5. Office of the Treasurer of the Navy, (1546-1832)
  6. Office of the Comptroller of the Navy (1561-1832)
  7. Navy Office (1576-1832)
  8. Board of Ordnance (1597-1855)
  9. Impress Service (1597-1814)
  10. Office of the Surveyor of the Navy (1611-1832)
  11. Prisoner of War Department (1653-1822)
  12. Office of the Judge Advocate of the Fleet (1660-2008)
  13. Office of the Clerk of the Acts (1660-1796)
  14. Marine Office (1664-1755) renamed the Marine Department
  15. Head Messengers Office (1666-1870)
  16. Office of the Deputy Judge Advocate of the Fleet (1668-1870)
  17. Counsel to the Admiralty (1673-1995)
  18. Porters Office (1676-1870)
  19. Register Office (1696–1715)
  20. Royal Observatory Greenwich (1675-1998)
  21. Transport Board (1686-1717), (1796-1816)
  22. Admiralty Secretariat, (1690-1932)
  23. Office of the Solicitor to the Admiralty (1692-1964)
  24. Greenwich Hospital Department (1692-1869)
  25. Necessary Woman House Keepers Office (1694-1865)
  26. Watchmens Office (1694-1832)
  27. Messengers Office (1694-1806)
  28. House Keepers Office (1697-1800)
  29. Sixpenny Office (1696–1832)
  30. Office of the Assistant Secretary to the Admiralty 1702-1782)
  31. Office of the Charity for Sea Officers’ Widows (1732-1836)
  32. Royal Naval Academy (1733-1837)
  33. Marine Department (1755-1809)
  34. Marine Pay Department (1755-1831)
  35. Royal Marine Office (1755-1964)
  36. Office of the Poor Knights of Windsor (1771-1833)
  37. Office of the Second Secretary to the Admiralty (1782-1857)
  38. Naval Works Department (1796-1815) superseded by the Department of the Surveyor of Buildings.
  39. Hydrographic Office (1796-1831)
  40. Sea Fencibles Department (1798-1810/13)

6) Admiralty Department's 19th Century

  1. High Court of the Admiralty (1360–1875)
  2. Office of the President and Judge of the High Court of the Admiralty (1483-1875)
  3. Vice-Admiralty Courts (1536-1890)
  4. Navy Pay Office (1545-1832)
  5. Office of the Treasurer of the Navy, (1546-1832)
  6. Office of the Comptroller of the Navy (1561-1832)
  7. Navy Office (1576-1832)
  8. Board of Ordnance (1597-1855)
  9. Impress Service (1597-1814)
  10. Office of the Surveyor of the Navy (1611-1832)
  11. Prisoner of War Department (1653-1822)
  12. Office of the Judge Advocate of the Fleet (1660-2008)
  13. Marine Office (1664-1755) renamed the Marine Department
  14. Head Messengers Office (1666-1870)
  15. Office of the Deputy Judge Advocate of the Fleet (1668-1870)
  16. Porters Office (1676-1870)
  17. Counsel to the Admiralty, (1673-1995)
  18. Royal Observatory Greenwich (1675-1998)
  19. Transport Board (1686-1717), (1796-1816)
  20. Admiralty Secretariat, (1690-1932)
  21. Office of the Solicitor to the Admiralty (1692-1964)
  22. Greenwich Hospital Department (1692-1869)
  23. Necessary Woman House Keepers Office (1694-1865)
  24. Watchmens Office (1694-1832)
  25. Messengers Office (1694-1806)
  26. Necessary Woman House Keepers Office (1694-1865)
  27. House Keepers Office (1697-1800)
  28. Sixpenny Office (1696–1832)
  29. Office of the Charity for Sea Officers’ Widows (1732-1836)
  30. Royal Naval Academy (1733-1837)
  31. Marine Department (1755-1809)
  32. Prisoner of War Department (1755-1832)
  33. Marine Pay Department (1755-1831)
  34. Royal Marine Office (1755-1964)
  35. Office of the Poor Knights of Windsor (1771-1833)
  36. Office of the Second Secretary to the Admiralty (1782-1857)
  37. Naval Works Department (1796-1815) superseded by the Department of the Surveyor of Buildings.
  38. Hydrographic Office (1796-1831)
  39. Sea Fencibles Department (1798-1810/13)
  40. Private Office of the First Lord of the Admiralty (1800-1910)
  41. Department of the Comptroller of Victualling and Transport Services (1800-1832)
  42. Private Office of the First Lord of the Admiralty (1801-1910)
  43. Admiralty Record Office (1809-1964)
  44. School of Naval Architecture (1811-1832) closed but then reopened under new name in 1864
  45. Royal Corps of Naval Constructors (1811-present)
  46. Department of the Surveyor of Buildings (1812-1837)
  47. Royal Observatory Cape of Good Hope (1820-1971)
  48. Department of the Store-Keeper General of the Navy (1829-1869)
  49. Hydrographic Department (1831-1955)
  50. HM Nautical Almanac Office (1832-1998)
  51. Department of the Physician-General of the Navy (1832-1843)
  52. Dockyard Branch, (1832-1860)
  53. Victualling Department (1832-1964)
  54. Department of the Accountant-General of the Navy (1832-1932)
  55. Office of the Military Knights of Windsor (1833-present)
  56. Architectural and Engineering Works Department (1837-1919)
  57. Department of the Inspector-General of Naval Hospitals and Fleets (1841-1843)
  58. Compass Branch (1842-1917)
  59. Royal Dockyard School (1843-1971)
  60. Medical Department of the Navy (1844-1917)
  61. Central School of Mathematics and Naval Construction (1848-1853)
  62. Hydrographic and Harbour Department (1856-1862)
  63. Hydrographic Department (1862-1994)
  64. Department of the Chief Constructor of the Navy (1860-1875)
  65. Hydrographic Department (1862-1964)
  66. Transport Department (1862-1917)
  67. Royal Naval College Dartmouth (1863-present)
  68. Royal School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (1864-1967)
  69. Office of the Admiralty Chemist (1867-1870)
  70. Department of the Controller of the Navy (1869-1910)
  71. Naval Stores Department (1869-1966)
  72. Contract and Purchase Department (1869-1964)
  73. Department of the Permanent Secretary (1869-1877, 1882-1964)
  74. Chemical Department (1870-1956)
  75. Department of the Surveyor of Dockyards, (1872-1885)
  76. Admiralty Experiment Works (1872-1977)
  77. Royal Naval College Greenwich (1873-1998)
  78. Judicial Department (1875-present)
  79. Department of the Director of Naval Construction (1875-1966)
  80. Office of the Admiral Superintendent of Naval Reserves (1875-1903)
  81. Office of the Naval Secretary to the Board of Admiralty (1877-1882)
  82. Royal Naval Engineering College (1880-1995)
  83. Department of the Director of Dockyards, (1885-1957)
  84. Naval Intelligence Department (1887-1912)
  85. Naval Ordnance Stores Department (1891-1918)

7) Admiralty Department's 20th Century

  1. Office of the Judge Advocate of the Fleet (1660-2008)
  2. Office of the Deputy Judge Advocate of the Fleet (1668-1870)
  3. Counsel to the Admiralty (1673-1995)
  4. Royal Observatory Greenwich (1675-1998)
  5. Admiralty Secretariat, (1690-1932)
  6. Office of the Solicitor to the Admiralty (1692-1964)
  7. Greenwich Hospital Department (1692-1869)
  8. Royal Marine Office (1755-1964)
  9. Private Office of the First Lord of the Admiralty (1800-1910)
  10. Admiralty Record Office (1809-1964)
  11. Royal Corps of Naval Constructors (1811-present)
  12. Royal Observatory Cape of Good Hope (1820-1971)
  13. HM Nautical Almanac Office (1832-1998)
  14. Victualling Department (1832-1964)
  15. Department of the Accountant-General of the Navy (1832-1932)
  16. Office of the Military Knights of Windsor (1833-present)
  17. Architectural and Engineering Works Department (1837-1919)
  18. Compass Branch (1842-1911)
  19. Royal Dockyard School (1843-1971)
  20. Medical Department of the Navy (1844-1917)
  21. Office of the Chaplain of the Fleet (1859-present)
  22. Hydrographic Department (1862-1994)
  23. Transport Department (1862-1917)
  24. Royal Naval College Dartmouth (1863-present)
  25. Royal School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (1864-1967)
  26. Office of the Admiralty Chemist (1867-1870)
  27. Department of the Controller of the Navy (1869-1910)? by 1913 not showing in Navy Lists going forward.
  28. Naval Stores Department (1869-1966)
  29. Contract and Purchase Department (1869-1964)
  30. Department of the Permanent Secretary (1869-1877, 1882-1964)
  31. Chemical Department (1870-1956)
  32. Admiralty Experiment Works (1872-1977)
  33. Royal Naval College Greenwich (1873-1998)
  34. Judicial Department (1875-present)
  35. Department of the Director of Naval Construction (1875-1966)
  36. Office of the Admiral Superintendent of Naval Reserves (1875-1903)
  37. Royal Naval Engineering College (1880-1995)
  38. Department of the Director of Dockyards, (1885-1957)
  39. Naval Intelligence Department (1887-1912)
  40. Department of the Medical Director-General of the Navy, (1917-2002)
  41. Naval Ordnance Stores Department (1891-1918)
  42. Admiralty Fuel Experimental Station, (1902-1966)
  43. Office of the Admiral Commanding Coastguard and Reserves (1903-1923)
  44. Office of the Director of Naval Education (1903-1914)
  45. Office of the Naval Assistant to the First Sea Lord (1905-2014)
  46. Mobilisation Department (1909-1932)
  47. Office of the Naval Assistant to the Second Sea Lord (1909-1957)
  48. Air Department (1910-1920)
  49. Admiralty Compass Observatory (1911-1971)
  50. Admiralty Civilian Shore Wireless Service (1912-1965)
  51. Navigation Department (1912-1945)
  52. Department of the Director of Naval Equipment (1912-1964) active till 1985
  53. Department of Naval Education (1914-1951)
  54. Mine Department (1915-1919)
  55. Admiralty Experimental Station (1915-1921)
  56. Experimental Department (1917-1941)
  57. Board of Invention and Research (1915-1918)
  58. Royal Naval Cordite Factory (1916-1983)
  59. Department of the Deputy Controller for Armament Production (1917)
  60. Department of the Deputy Controller for Auxiliary Shipbuilding (1917-)
  61. Department of the Deputy Controller Dockyards and Shipbuilding (1917-?)
  62. Department of Aircraft Equipment, (1917-1971)
  63. Shipyard Labour Department (1917-?)
  64. Materials and Priority Department (1917-?)
  65. Statistics Department (1917-?)
  66. Compass Department (1917-71) former Compass Branch
  67. Department of the Director of Torpedoes and Mining
  68. Supply and Secretariat Branch (1918-1944) became (Department of the Director-General Supply and Secretariat Branch (1944-1969)
  69. Department of the Director of Armament Supply (1918-1964)
  70. Department of the Director of Naval Recruiting (1918-1982)
  71. Scientific Research and Experiment Department (1918-1946) Department of the Director of Experiments and Research
  72. Department of the Director Electrical Engineering (1918-1951)
  73. Department of the Engineer in Chief (1918-1960)
  74. Department of the Paymaster Director General (1918-1944)
  75. Mine Design Department (1919-1939)
  76. Admiralty Engineering Laboratory (1920-1977)
  77. Naval Ordnance Inspection Department, (1922-1984)
  78. ASDIC Research and Development Unit (1927-1940)
  79. Admiralty Technical Records Section, (1929-1947)
  80. Department of the Director of Manning (1932-1973) dual hatted as Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel (Personnel Services) (1943-1959)
  81. Department of the Director of Personnel Services (1932-1959) became Personnel Services and Officer Appointments Department
  82. Admiralty Experimental Diving Unit, (1933-1984)
  83. Royal Navy Torpedo Factory, (1935-1960)
  84. Central Metallurgical Laboratory (1936-1956)
  85. Co-ordination of Valve Development Department, (1938-1972)
  86. Salvage Department (1939- 1953)
  87. Department of the Deputy Controller of the Navy (1939-1958)
  88. Admiralty Civilian Shore Wireless Service (1939-1965)
  89. Admiralty Anti-Submarine Experimental Establishment, (1940-1947)
  90. Admiralty Signal Establishment (1941-1948)
  91. Department of Miscellaneous Weapons Development (1941-1945)
  92. Office of the Senior Psychologist (1941-1981)
  93. Admiralty Gunnery Establishment, (1943-1959)
  94. Admiralty Underwater Explosion Research Establishment, (1943-1946)
  95. Admiralty Torpedo Experimental Establishment, (1943-1959)
  96. Naval Training Department (1944-1951)
  97. Department of the Director-General Supply and Secretariat Branch (1944-1959)
  98. Department of the Director of Physical Training and Sports 1945-
  99. Admiralty Craft Experimental Establishment, (1945-1950)
  100. Service Conditions Department (1945-1952)
  101. Welfare Services Department (1945-1952)
  102. Office of the Extra Naval Assistant to the Second Sea Lord (1945-1954)
  103. Office of the Superintendent De-Magnetisation (1945-1946)
  104. Department of the Director of Boom Defences (1945-1953)
  105. Department of the Director of Naval Air Radio (1945-1946)
  106. Department of the Chief of Naval Information (1945-1958)
  107. Department of Naval Operational Research (1945-1952)
  108. Womens Royal Naval Service Headquarters (1945-1958)
  109. Radio Equipment Department (1945-1958)
  110. Small Vessels Pool (1945-1946)
  111. Department of the Director of Wreck Dispersal (1945-1946)
  112. Admiralty Development Establishment, (1946-1964)
  113. Naval Weather Service Department (1945-1949) changed name Department of the Director Naval Weather Service (1949-1965)
  114. Movements Department (1945-1958)
  115. Staff Fourth Sea Lords Officer (Mail) (1945-1946)
  116. Department of the Director of Aircraft Maintenance and Repair (1945-1958)
  117. Department of the Director of Under Water Weapons (1946-1953) Department of the Director of Under Water Weapons Materiel (1953-1958)
  118. Royal Naval Scientific Service (1946-1964)
  119. Admiralty Naval Construction Research Establishment, (1946-1978)
  120. Admiralty Mining Establishment, (1946-1951)
  121. Craft and Amphibious Materiel Department (1946-1948)
  122. Yarrow Admiralty Research Department, (1946-1972)
  123. Naval Electrical Department (1946-1958)
  124. Admiralty Materials Laboratory (1947-1953)
  125. Admiralty Underwater Detection Establishment, (1947-1960)
  126. Admiralty Centre for Scientific Information and Liaison, (1947-1956)
  127. Admiralty Underwater Weapons Launching Establishment (1947-1959)
  128. Air Equipment Department (1945-1948) changed to Air Equipment and Naval Photography Department (1948-1958)
  129. Admiralty Signal and Radar Establishment, (1948-1959)
  130. Amphibious Warfare Headquarters (1950-1958)
  131. Naval Education Service (1951-1978)
  132. Department of the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel (Training) (1951-1959)
  133. Royal Naval Minewatching Service (1951-1958)
  134. Department of Aeronautical and Engineering Research (1951-1954) part of Royal Naval Scientific Service
  135. Department of the Director of Boom Defence and Marine Salvage (1953-1956)
  136. Department of Physical Research (1953-1958) part of Royal Naval Scientific Service
  137. Department of Director of Welfare and Service Conditions (1953-2003) (two departments merged Service Conditions Department and Welfare Services (1959-1962)
  138. Admiralty Naval Aircraft Materials Laboratory (1953-1977)
  139. Office of the Superintendent Production Services (1954-1956) part of Royal Naval Scientific Service
  140. Department of Operational Research (1954-1958) part of Royal Naval Scientific Service
  141. Department of Research Programmes and Planning (1955-1958) part of Royal Naval Scientific Service
  142. Department of Engineering and Materiel Research (1955-1958) part of Royal Naval Scientific Service
  143. Office of the Commodore Contract Built Ships (1957-1978)
  144. Office of the Commodore, Naval Drafting (1957-1988)
  145. Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishment, (1959-1984)
  146. Directorate-General, Training (1959-1969)
  147. Department of the Chief Scientist (Navy) (1964-1984)
  148. Admiralty Marine Engineering Establishment, (1966-1976)

8) Clarifying Dates

  1. Combined Operations Personnel (1945- )
  2. Combined Operations Material Department 1945
  3. Anti-Submarine Materiel Department (1945- )
  4. Coastal Forces Materiel Department 1945
  5. Airfields and Carrier Requirements Department (1945)
  6. Combined Operations Headquarters command shore based to be moved
  7. Admiralty Regional Offices (1945-1958)
  8. Sea Transport Department (1945-1958)
  9. Department of the Director Merchant Shipbuilding and Repair (1946-1958)
  10. Historical Section (1948-1962)
  11. Office of the Superintendent Production Personnel 1951 staff deputy controller
  12. Civil Catering Department (1952-1958)
  13. Directorate of Officer Appointments (1957-1958) Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel (Officers)
  14. Office of the Head of Fleet Work Study (1957-1958)
  15. Office of the Senior Roman Catholic Chaplain (1956-1958) part of Chaplain of the Fleet
  16. Office of the Senior Chaplain Church of Scotland and Free Churches (1956-1958) part of Chaplain of the Fleet
  17. Office of the Superintendent Production Pool (1958 - )
  18. Department of Dockyards and Maintainence (1958- ) name change from Department of Dockyards
  19. Admiralty Computing Service

9) Admiralty Naval Staff 20th Century

  1. Administrative Planning Department (1952-1959)
  2. Administrative Planning Department (1952-1959)
  3. Air Division (1924-1928)
  4. Anti-Submarine Division (1916-1939)
  5. Anti-Submarine and Warfare Division (1939–43)
  6. Anti-U-boat Division (1943–45)
  7. Air Warfare and Fly Training Division (1943-1950)
  8. Air Warfare and Training Division, (1941-1943)
  9. Combined Operations Division
  10. Communications Division (1919-1927)
  11. Convoy Section (1914-1917)
  12. Directorate of Defence Plans (Navy) (1963-1970)
  13. Economic Warfare Division (1939-1945)
  14. Gunnery and Anti-Aircraft Warfare Division (1941-1965)
  15. Gunnery Division (1920-1941)
  16. Gunnery and Torpedo Division (1918-1920)
  17. Historical Section (1912-current)
  18. Local Defence Division Division (1919-1944)
  19. Mercantile Movements Division (1917-1920)
  20. Naval Air Division (1928 1941) (1963-1964)
  21. Naval Air Organisation and Training Division (1944-1961)
  22. Naval Air Warfare Division, (1951-1962)
  23. Naval Air Warfare & Flying Training Division, (1943-1950 )
  24. Naval Artillery and Torpedoes Division (1918-1920)
  25. Naval Intelligence Division (1912-1965)
  26. Navigation and Direction Division (1946-1966)
  27. Navigation Division (1945)
  28. Minesweeping Division (1917-1918, 1939-1943)
  29. Mobilisation Division (1912-1918)
  30. Operations Division (1912-1918, 1920-1939, 1947-1961)
  31. Operations Division (Home) (1918-1920, 1939-1945)
  32. Operations Division (Foreign) (1918-1920, 1939-1945)
  33. Operations Division (Mining)
  34. Plans Division (1917-1964)
  35. Plans Division (Q), (1943-1952)
  36. Press Division (1940-1942)
  37. Signal Division (1917-1919) (1941-1965)
  38. Signal Section (1914-1917) (1927-1941)
  39. Standardisation Division
  40. Tactical Division (1925-1939)
  41. Tactical and Weapons Policy Division (1958-1965)
  42. Torpedo Division (1920-1928)
  43. Torpedo, Anti-Submarine and Minewarfare Division (1945–50)
  44. Trade Division (1914-1928, 1939-1961)
  45. Trade and Operations Division (1961-1967)
  46. Training and Staff Duties Division (1917-1945)
  47. Tactical and Staff Duties Division (1945-1958)
  48. Undersurface Warfare Division (1950–67)

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