Office of the Chaplain of the Fleet
Office of the Chaplain of the Fleet
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Branch Naval Chaplaincy Service
Reports to Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff
Nominator Secretary of State for Defence
Appointer Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Term Length Not fixed
Inaugural holder Thomas Ken
Final holder Active
Formation 1683–current

The Office of Chaplain of the Fleet is a senior Royal Navy appointment that dates from 1683 with the appointment of Thomas Ken by Charles II of England it became a permanent role from 1859. The office holder is responsible for the administration of the Naval Chaplaincy Service which is a branch of HM Naval Service. The chaplain of the fleet is currently based at Navy Command Portsmouth England.

1) History

The Office of Chaplain of the Fleet dates from 1683 when Charles II of England appointed Thomas Ken the first Chaplain of the Fleet. The role became a more permament appointment from 13 May 1859. The office holder was originally attached to the role of Senior Chaplain at Greenwich Hospital and was also the Inspector of Naval Schools. The chaplain of the fleet is Head of the Naval Chaplains and the Naval Chaplaincy Service which is a branch of HM Naval Service. The chaplain of the fleet is currently based at Navy Command Portsmouth England.

2) Office of Chaplain of the Fleet

  1. 1683 Thomas Ken
  2. 1859–1865: Unknown
  3. 1865–1871: William Guise-Tucker
  4. 1871–1875: Unknown
  5. 23 November 1876 – 1882 (retd): John Cawston
  6. 1882–1888, John Harbord
  7. 1888-1899, John Cox-Edwards
  8. 1899-1901, John Berry
  9. 1901-1906, Stuart Harris
  10. 1906-1917, Hugh Wood
  11. 1917–1924, Charles Ingles
  12. 1924-1929, Robert McKew
  13. 1929–1933, Walter Knight-Adkin
  14. 1933–1935: Charles Peshall
  15. 1935-1938, Arthur Gilbertson
  16. 1938–1943, Thomas Crick
  17. 1943–1947, John Wilson
  18. 1947-1952, Leonard Coulshaw
  19. 1952–1956, Noel Chamberlain
  20. 1956–1960, Darrell Bunt
  21. 1960-1963, John Armstrong
  22. 1963-1966, Raymond Richardson
  23. 1966-1969, Christopher Prior
  24. 1969-1972, Ambrose Weekes
  25. 1972-1975, Chandos Morgan
  26. 1975-1980, Basil O'Ferrall
  27. 1980-1984, Raymond Roberts
  28. 1984-1989, Noël Jones
  29. 1989–1994, Michael Henley
  30. 1994–1997, Michael Bucks
  31. 1997–1999, Simon Golding
  32. 1999–2000, Charles Stewart
  33. 2000–2002, Simon Golding
  34. 2002–2006, Barry Hammett
  35. 2006–2010, John Green
  36. 2010–2014, Scott J. Brown
  37. 2014–2018, Ian Wheatley
  38. 2018-present, Martyn Gough

2) Sources

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