Office of the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff

The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff (1SL/CNS) is the professional head of the United Kingdom's Royal Navy and the whole of HM Naval Service. Originally the title was the Senior Naval Lord to the Board of Admiralty when the post was created in 1689. The office holder was then re-named First Naval Lord from 1771. The concept of a professional "First Naval Lord" was introduced in 1805 and the title of the First Naval Lord was changed to First Sea Lord on the appointment of Sir Jackie Fisher in 1904. In 1917 following the establishment of the Admiralty Naval Staff his title was changed to First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff. From 1923 onward, the First Sea Lord was a member of the Chiefs of Staff Committee; he now sits on the Defence Council (MOD) and the Admiralty Board (MOD) and the Navy Board (MOD).

The current office holder is Admiral Sir Philip Jones (appointed in April 2016).[8] The flagship of the First Sea Lord is HMS Victory.

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