Office's of the Sea Lord's
Office's of the Sea Lord's
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Former Department Department of Admiralty
Member of Board of Admiralty
Reports to First Lord of the Admiralty
Present Department navy-department-mod
Member of Admiralty Board
Member of Navy Board
Reports to Secretary of State for Defence
Nominator Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Appointee Monarch of the United Kingdom
Term Length Not fixed usually 1-4 years
Current First Sea Lord Admiral, Sir Philip Jones
Current Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral, Tony Radakin
Formation 1689-present

The Sea Lords originally called Senior Lords then later Naval Lords were one of those lords commissioners of admiralty and serving flag officer's having direct charge of naval matters assigned to them under the First Lord of the Admiralty the various posts existed from as early as 1689 only two sea lords in title survive to present day the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff and the Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.

1) History

The Sea Lords originally called Senior Lords then later Naval Lords were one of those lords commissioners of admiralty and serving flag officer's having direct charge of naval matters assigned to them under the First Lord of the Admiralty the various posts existed from as early as 1689 only two sea lords in title survive to present day the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff who was the First Lord of the Admiralty's chief serving naval advisor, he now continues the same role advising the Secretary of Defence. Today the Second Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff acts as one of the First Sea Lord's deputy's in matters of the administrative functions of the Royal Navy. The other deputy responsible for operational functions of the Royal Navy is the Fleet Commander.

2) List of Office Holders by year of creation

First Sea Lord and Chief Naval Advisor (1SL/CNS)

  1. Senior Naval Lord, 1689–1771
  2. First Naval Lord, 1771–1904
  3. First Sea Lord, 1904–1917
  4. First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, 1917–present

Second Sea Lord (2SL/DCNS)

  1. Second Naval Lord, 1830–1904
  2. Second Sea Lord, 1904–1995
  3. Second Sea Lord and Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command, 1995-2012
  4. Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel and Training, 2012-2015
  5. Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, 2015-present

Third Sea Lord (3SL/CofN)

  1. Third Naval Lord 1832–1868
  2. Third Naval Lord and Controller of the Navy 1869–1872
  3. Controller of the Navy, 1872–1882
  4. Third Naval Lord and Controller of the Navy, 1882–1904
  5. Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy, 1904–1912
  6. Third Sea Lord, 1912–1918
  7. Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy, 1918–1965

The appellation Third Sea Lord is officially abolished in 1965 the title holder becomes known as Controller of the Navy 1965-present.

Fourth Sea Lord (4SL/CNST)

  1. Fourth Naval Lord, 1830–1868
  2. Junior Naval Lord, 1868-1904
  3. Fourth Sea Lord, 1904–1917
  4. Fourth Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Supplies and Transport, 1917-1964

The appellation Fourth Sea Lord is officially abolished in 1964 responsibility for the naval supplies is vested in the Chief of Fleet Support 1964–2007.

Fifth Sea Lord (5SL/DCNS)

  1. Fifth Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Air Service, 1917–1918
  2. Fifth Sea Lord, 1938-1956
  3. Fifth Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, 1957–1965

The appellation Fifth Sea Lord is officially abolished in 1965 responsibility for the naval air service is vested in the Flag Officer, Naval Air Command 1964–2007.

Other Sea Lords

  1. Deputy First Sea Lord (D1SL) 1917-1919, 1942-1946

The office was formed on two occasions only during world war one and world two to relive the first sea lord of some of his duties and to act as his principal staff officer.

3) Sources

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deputy_First_Sea_Lord
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Sea_Lord

4) Attribution

  1. Flag of the Admiralty Board By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33152113
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