Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Office of the the United Kingdom
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Preceded by Vice-Admiral of Great Britain
Department Ministry of Defence
Reports to Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom
Nominator First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
Appointee HM the Queen
Term Length Not fixed
First post holder Vice-Admiral Alexander Hood, 1st Viscount Bridport
Current post holder Vice-Admiral Sir Donald Gosling
Formation 1801–current
Succeeded by None

The Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom is an honorary office generally held by a senior Royal Navy admiral. He is the official deputy to the Lord High Admiral, now an honorary (although once operational was styled as Vice-Admiral of the Fleet). He is appointed by the Sovereign on the nomination of the First Sea Lord.

1) History

The office of Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom has its roots in the ancient post of Lieutenant-Admiral or Lieutenant of the Admiralty, the deputy or assistant to the High Admiral. The Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom is officially called the Lieutenant of the Admiralty. As the deputy of the Lord High Admiral, the responsibilities of the pre-1964 Board of Admiralty would, in theory, have devolved upon the Vice-Admiral had the entire Board been incapacitated before a new Commission of Admiralty could pass the Great Seal. However, such a contingency never occurred in practice. Below the office of Vice-Admiral ranks the Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom, another now honorary office.

2) Vice-Admirals of the United Kingdom

In 1876 the post was abolished by HM Queen Victoria. In 1901 the post was revived by HM King Edward VII.

  1. Alexander Hood, 1st Viscount Bridport 1 January 1801 – 2 May 1814
  2. Sir William Cornwallis 14 May 1814 – 5 July 1819
  3. Sir William Young 18 July 1819 – 25 October 1821[5]
  4. James Saumarez, 1st Baron de Saumarez 21 November 1821 – 15 February 1832
  5. Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth 15 February 1832 – 23 January 1833
  6. Sir Edward Thornbrough 30 January 1833 – 3 April 1834
  7. Sir George Martin April 1834 – 9 November 1846
  8. Sir Davidge Gould 17 November 1846 – 23 April 1847
  9. Sir Robert Stopford 5 May 1847 – 25 June 1847
  10. Sir George Martin 10 July 1847 – 28 July 1847
  11. Sir Thomas Byam Martin 10 August 1847 – 21 October 1854
  12. Sir William Hall Gage 6 November 1854 – 20 May 1862
  13. Sir Graham Hamond, 2nd Baronet 5 June 1862 – 10 November 1862
  14. Sir Francis William Austen 11 December 1862 – 27 April 1863
  15. Sir Thomas John Cochrane 16 May 1863 – 12 September 1865
  16. Sir George Francis Seymour 23 September 1865 – 20 November 1866
  17. Sir Fairfax Moresby 17 July 1869 – 21 January 1870
  18. Sir Provo Wallis 12 February 1870 – 15 January 1876
  19. Sir Michael Seymour 15 January 1876 – 23 February 1887
  20. Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, 3rd Baronet 25 July 1901 – 1920
  21. Sir Francis Bridgeman 1920 – 17 February 1929
  22. Sir Stanley Cecil James Colville 25 March 1929 – 13 February 1939
  23. Sir Montague Edmund Browning 13 February 1939 – 19 June 1945
  24. Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith 19 June 1945 – 12 October 1962
  25. Sir John Hereward Edelsten 12 October 1962 – 11 March 1966
  26. Sir John Peter Lorne Reid 11 March 1966 – 11 January 1973
  27. Sir Deric Holland-Martin 11 January 1973 – 12 April 1976
  28. Sir Nigel Stuart Henderson 12 April 1976 – 1 August 1979
  29. Sir John Fitzroy Duyland Bush 1 August 1979 – 1984
  30. Sir William Donough O'Brien 1984 – 13 November 1986
  31. Sir Leslie Derek Empson 13 November 1986 – 29 October 1988
  32. Sir Anthony Templer Frederick Griffith Griffin 29 October 1988 – 24 November 1988
  33. Sir Anthony Storrs Morton 24 November 1988 – 17 January 1994
  34. Sir James Henry Fuller Eberle 17 January 1994 – 6 November 1997
  35. Sir Nicholas John Streynsham Hunt 6 November 1997 – 30 April 2001
  36. Sir Jeremy Black 30 April 2001 – 2005
  37. Sir James Burnell-Nugent 2005 – 2007
  38. Sir Mark Stanhope 2007 – 2009
  39. Sir Trevor Soar 2009 – 2012
  40. Sir George Zambellas January–April 2012
  41. Sir Donald Gosling 2 April 2012 – present

3) Sources

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vice-Admiral_of_the_United_Kingdom
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