Department of Dockyards and Maintenance
Department of Dockyards and Maintenance
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Preceded by Department of the Director of Dockyards
Country United Kingdom
Founded 1958
Abolished 1969
Headquarters London, England
Head Director-General of Dockyards and Maintenance
Role Management of Royal Navy Dockyards
Affiliations Royal Navy
Parent Department navy-department-mod
Succeeded by Dockyard Department

The Department of Dockyards and Maintenance, and previously known as the Department of the Director of Dockyards was the British Admiralty department responsible for administration of Royal Navy dockyards, the building of ships, the maintenance and repair of ships at dockyards and factories, and the supervision of all civil dockyard personnel. It existed from 1958 until 1969 when it was replaced by the Dockyard Department a subordinate unit of the Chief of Fleet Support.

1) History

From 1885 until 1957 responsibly for the management of Royal Navy Dockyards lay with the Department of the Director of Dockyards. in 1958 that department was replaced by the Department of Dockyards and Fleet Maintenance under the control of a Director-General of Dockyards and Maintenance until 1964. Following the merger of the Admiralty into a new and much larger Ministry of Defence it came under the control of the Navy Department, it was again renamed as the Department of Dockyards and Maintenance until 1968. In 1969, overall responsibility for dockyards changed, and now came under the control of a new Chief Executive, Royal Dockyards who was head of the Royal Dockyards Management Board. This department was renamed the Dockyard Department as part of the Chief of Fleet Supports department.

2) Key Officials

2.1) Director-General of Dockyards and Maintenance

  1. Rear-Admiral, Peter D. H. R. Pelly, 2 January 1958 - December 1959
  2. Vice-Admiral Sir. Reginald Thomas Sandars, December 1959 - 19 May 1962
  3. Rear-Admiral W. A. Haynes, 19 May 1962 - 1969.

3) Timeline

  1. Navy Board, Surveyor of the Navy, Dockyard Commissioners, 1546-1832
  2. Board of Admiralty, Surveyor of the Navy, Dockyard Branch, 1832-1860
  3. Board of Admiralty, Department of the Surveyor of Dockyards, 1872-1885
  4. Board of Admiralty, Department of the Director of Dockyards, 1885-1958
  5. Board of Admiralty, Department of Dockyards and Maintenance, 1958-1964
  6. Ministry of Defence, Navy Department, Department of Dockyards and Maintenance, 1964-1968
  7. Ministry of Defence, Navy Department, Chief of Fleet Support Department, Dockyard Department 1969-1971

4) Sources

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_of_the_Director_of_Dockyards
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