Naval Staff, Navy Department (Ministry of Defence)
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1) History

The Admiralty Departments were distinct and component parts of the Department of Admiralty that were superintended by the various offices of theSea Lords responsible for them and were primarily administrative and logistical support bodies. The departments role was to provide the men, ships, aircraft and supplies to carry out the approved policy of the Board of Admiralty and conveyed to them in the 20th century by the Admiralty Naval Staff. They existed from 1320 to 1964. In April 1964 the Department of Admiralty along with the Air Ministry and War Office are merged into the Ministry of Defence where it becomes the navy-department-mod some of these departments continued with the new Navy Department, whilst others were either renamed or abolished not long after the merger.

2) Members of the Naval Staff

  1. Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff
  2. Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy) - Director of Naval Plans, Naval Historical Branch, Naval Historical Library, Head of Naval Historical, Director of Naval Assistance Overseas

Branch and Naval Historical Library

  1. Assistant of Chief Defence Staff (Pol)
  2. Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Operations) - Director of Naval Air Warfare, Director of Naval Warfare, Director of Fleet Management Services, Director of Naval Management and Organisation, Hydrographer of the Navy, Director of Naval Operations and Trade,
  3. Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Operations and Air)
  4. Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Ops) Naval Staff
  5. Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Operational Requirements) - Director of Naval Operational Requirements
  6. Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Warfare)

3) Directorates of the Naval Staff

3.1) Directorate of Defence Plans (Naval) (1963-1970)

  1. Commodore David A. Dunbar-Nasmith: July 1963-January 1965
  2. Captain E. Gerard N. Mansfield: January 1965-January 1967
  3. Captain Edward F. Gueritz: January 1967-January 1968
  4. Captain Iwan G. Raikes: January-December 1968
  5. Commodore H.C. Nicholas Goodhart: December 1968-June 1970

Deputy Director:

  1. Captain John C.Y. Roxburgh: April 1964-April 1965
  2. Captain W.David S. Scott: April 1965-September 1966
  3. Captain Charles B. Fetherston-Dilke: September 1966-

3.2) Directorate of Defence Policy(Naval) (1968-1983)

Director of Defence Policy(Naval):

  1. Commodore Colin C.H. Dunlop: 1968-May 1969
  2. Commodore Stephen F. Berthon: May 1969-May 1971
  3. Commodore James F.R. Weir: May 1971-August 1973
  4. Commodore Benjamin C. Perowne: August 1973-January 1976
  5. Commodore Rhoderick S. Falconer: January 1976-October 1977
  6. Commodore John R. Hill: October 1977-August 1980
  7. Commodore Vincent M. Howard: August 1980-March 1982
  8. Commodore Richard G. Heaslip: March 1982-1983

3.2) Defence Intelligence Staff (1964-1968)

3.3) Directorate of Fleet Management Services (1973-1975)

Director of Fleet Management Services (It was renamed Directorate of Naval Management and Organisation in 1976)

  1. Captain R G Lewis-Jones 1973-1975

Director of Naval Management and Organisation

  1. Captain R G Lewis-Jones 1976-1977
  2. Captain P 0 Stanley 1977-1979
  3. Captain G V P Crowden 1979-1981
  4. Captain S R Burrows, 1981-

3. ) Directorate of Financial and Military Capability (2012-2014)

  1. Commodore John M.L. Kingwell: November 2011-2012 continued as Head of Financial and Military Capability till September 2013
  2. Commodore Nicholas S. Roberts: September 2013-April 2014

3.4) Directorate of Administrative Planning (1966- )

Director of Administrative Planning

  1. Captain R. H. Webber 1966-1968

3.5) Directorate of Operational Analysis (Navy) (1967-1968)

Director Operational Analysis

  1. Captain H. C. Calpine 1967-1968

3.5) Directorate of Naval Air Warfare (1966-1974)

Role Operations and Manning of Fleet Air Arm

Director of Naval Air Warfare

  1. Captain J. D. Treacher 1966-1968
  2. Captain J. O. Roberts 1968-1970
  3. Captain, A. J. Leahy 1973-1975
  4. Captain J F de Winton 1976-1978
  5. Captain L. E Middleton 1979-1981
  6. Captain C R V Doe, 1981-

3. ) Directorate of Naval Assistance Overseas (1981- )

Role: Co-ordination of Navy Department support to Defence Sales. Oversight of Loan Service personnel.

Director of Naval Assistance Overseas

  1. Captain G B Evans, 1981-

3.6) Directorate of Navigation and Tactical Control (Naval) (1966-1968)

Director of Navigation and Tactical Control (Naval)

  1. Captain John S. Le Blanc Smith: 1966-1968

3. ) Directorate of Naval Operational Requirements (1968-1970)

Role: The military characteristics of ships and weapons, and the future material capability of the Fleet.

Director of Naval Operational Requirements

  1. Captain R. P. Dannreuther 1968-1970
  2. Captain 0 N A Cecil RN 1973-1975
  3. Captain D J Hallifax, 1976-1979
  4. Captain D M Eckersly-Maslin 1979-1980

3,7) Directorate of Naval Security (1973-1986 )

All Naval security matters renamed to Directorate of Naval Security & Integrated Contingency Planning in
Director of Naval Security

  1. Major General Patrick Richard Kay, CB, MBE (Retd), 1973-1981
  2. Rear-Admiral William Duncan Lang. CB. 1981-1987, (retd)
  3. Colonel T Seccombe CBE, RM (Retd), 1988-

3,8) Directorate of Naval Plans (1968-2012) became Directorate of Financial and Military Capability (2012-2014)

Directors of Naval Plans

  1. Captain Henry C. Leach: February 1968-January 1970
  2. Captain A. Desmond Cassidi: January 1970-1971
  3. Captain Bryan J. Straker: May 1972-February 1974
  4. Captain William D.M. Staveley: February 1974-August 1976
  5. Captain Nicholas J.S. Hunt: August 1976-June 1978
  6. Captain John F. Woodward: June 1978-April 1981
  7. Captain John B. Kerr: April 1981-December 1982
  8. Captain Barry N. Wilson: December 1982-December 1985
  9. Captain Peter C. Abbott: January 1986-1989
  10. Captain Jeremy J. Blackham: 1989-1992
  11. Commodore Nigel R. Essenhigh: 1992-1994
  12. Commodore Stephen R. Meyer: 1994-1997
  13. Commodore Rory A.I. McLean: 1997-1998
  14. Captain R. Paul Boissier: 1998-1999
  15. Commodore Timothy J.H. Laurence: 2001-2004
  16. Commodore Christopher A. Snow: 2004-September 2005
  17. Commodore Peter D. Hudson: September 2005-December 2007
  18. Commodore Timothy P. Fraser: December 2007-May 2010
  19. Brigadier David A. Hook: May 2010-May 2011
  20. Commodore Benjamin J. Key: May-November 2011
  21. Commodore John M.L. Kingwell: November 2011-2012 continued as Head of Financial and Military Capability till September 2013

Deputy Director of Plans

  1. Captain Frank S. Hope: July 1966-November 1968
  2. Captain George A. de G. Kitchin: November 1968-September 1970
  3. Captain Anthony S. Tippet: September 1970-1972
  4. Captain John F. Woodward: September 1972-June 1974

3.9) Directorate of Naval Tactical and Weapons Policy (1965-1968)

Directors of Tactical and Weapon Policy

  1. Captain Terence T. Lewin: April 1964-December 1965

Director of Naval Tactical Weapons Policy

  1. Captain Ian Easton: December 1965-1968

3.10) Directorate of Naval Operations and Trade (1967-2003)

Planning of current operations; deployment and programming of ships; protection of merchant vessels.

Director of Naval Operations and Trade

  1. Captain Terence L. Martin: November 1967-May 1970
  2. Captain David A. Loram: May 1970-March 1971
  3. Captain Dennis W. Foster: March 1971-1972
  4. Captain David W. Brown: ?-November 1972
  5. Captain Gwynedd I. Pritchard: November 1972-July 1974
  6. Captain John M.H. Cox: July 1974-April 1976
  7. Captain Michael C. Henry: April 1976-March 1978
  8. Captain George M.F. Vallings: March 1978-May 1980
  9. Captain Brian R. Outhwaite: May 1980-February 1982
  10. Captain John Garnier: February 1982-January 1985
  11. Captain A. Peter Woodhead: January 1985-June 1986
  12. Captain Geoffrey R.W. Biggs: June 1986-October 1989
  13. Captain John S. Lang: October 1989-1991
  14. Captain Peter J. Cowling: 1992-1994
  15. Commodore Christopher W. Roddis: 1994-1996
  16. Captain Martin D. Macpherson: 1996-1998
  17. Commodore David G. Snelson: 1998-1999
  18. Commodore Philip L. Wilcocks: 1999-July 2001
  19. Commodore Andrew P. Dickson: 2001-February 2003
  20. Commodore Peter J.F. Eberle: February-March 2003

3.12) Directorate of Surface Warfare (Naval) (1965-1968)

Director of Surface Warfare (Naval)

  1. Captain J.F.R. Dreyer 1965-1968

3.14) Directorate of Undersea Warfare (Naval) (1967-1968)

Director of Undersea Warfare (Naval)

  1. Captain R. G. H. M. Baynham 1967-1968

3.15) Directorate of Naval Signals (1966-1992)

Director of Naval Signals

  1. Captain Christopher B.H. Wake-Walker: October 1966-December 1968
  2. Captain J. Ernle Pope: December 1968-July 1969
  3. Captain Douglas A. Poynter: July 1969-February 1972
  4. Captain Harry R. Keate: February 1972-January 1974
  5. Captain Richard D. Franklin: January 1974-August 1975
  6. Captain William T.T. Pakenham: August 1975-October 1977
  7. Captain Michael J.L. Freeman: September 1977-February 1979
  8. Captain Hugh M. Balfour: February 1979-July 1981
  9. Captain Anthony R.Wood: July 1981-July 1983
  10. Captain Nigel I.C. Kettlewell: July 1983-1986
  11. Captain Jeremy T. Sanders: April 1989-1990
  12. Captain B. Brian Perowne: 1990-1992

3.16) Directorate of Naval Warfare (1969-74

Development and application of current tactics and procedures.

  1. Captain L. R. B. Davies 1969-1970
  2. Captain J D E Fieldhouse 1973-1975
  3. Captain M LaT Wemyss 1976-1977
  4. Captain D R Reffell 1977-1979
  5. Captain R G A Fitch 1979-1981
  6. Captain J M Webster, 1981-

3.17) Gunnery and Anti-Aircraft Warfare Division (1941-1965)

3.18) Navigation and Direction Division (1964-1966)

Director of Navigation and Direction

  1. Captain John W.H. Bennett: April 1964-June 1964
  2. Captain David N. Forbes: June 1964-December 1965
  3. Captain John S. Le Blanc Smith: December 1965-1966

3.19) Plans and Resources Division (1964-1968)

Director of Plans and Resources

  1. Captain Peter W. B. Ashmore, April 1964-January 1966
  2. Captain David Williams: January 1966-February 1968

3.20) Signal Division (1917-1919) (1941-1965)

Director Signal Division

  1. Captain John R.G. Trechman: April 1964-January 1965

3.21) Tactical and Weapons Policy Division (1958-1965)

Directors of Tactical and Weapon Policy

  1. Captain Maurice J. Ross: February 1958-September 1959
  2. Rear-Admiral Hugh C. Martell: September 1959-1962[9]
  3. Captain H. Richard B. Janvrin: March 1962-December 1963
  4. Captain Terence T. Lewin: December 1963-December 1965

Director of Naval Tactical Weapons Policy

  1. Captain Ian Easton: December 1965-1968

3.22) Trade and Operations Division (1961-1967)

3.23) Undersurface Warfare Division (1950–67)

4) References

  1. The Navy List June 1968, Navy Department Naval Staff HMSO pp. 524-524
  2. The Navy List February 1970, Navy Department Naval Staff HMSO pp. 505-509
  3. Smith, GH, The Civil Service Yearbook 1974, HMSO, MOD pp. 107-110 London
  4. Smith, GH, The Civil Service Yearbook 1975, HMSO, MOD pp. 108-110 London
  5. Smith, GH, The Civil Service Yearbook 1976, HMSO, MOD pp. 109-111 London
  6. Smith, GH, The Civil Service Yearbook 1977, HMSO, MOD pp. 112-115 London
  7. Chesterman, SM, The Civil Service Yearbook 1978, HMSO, MOD pp. 111-114 London
  8. Chesterman, SM, The Civil Service Yearbook 1979, HMSO, MOD pp. 110-113 London
  9. Howard, BM, The Civil Service Yearbook 1980, HMSO, MOD pp. 112-115 London
  10. Howard, BM, The Civil Service Yearbook 1981, HMSO, MOD pp. 105-108 London
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