Air Division

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Air Division
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CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
RoleMilitary Staff
Part ofAdmiralty Naval Staff
In CommandDirector of the Air Division
FirstCaptain Thomas F.P.Calvert.
LastCaptain Cecil P.Talbot.

The Air Division (A.D.) was a division of the Admiralty Naval Staff established after world war one, it was in operation from 1924 to 1928 when it was renamed the Naval Air Division. The division was administered by the Director of the Air Division.


In June 1920 the Air Department was abolished and a new Air Section was established in July 1920,[1] mainly in response to the fact that there was not a single unified authority responsible for co-coordinating all of the other specialist air agencies that included for example aircraft product, this was particularly the case during the interwar years as the problem was further exacerbated because operational command control of aircraft from warships was the responsibility of the Admiralty and the Royal Air Force was responsible for administration and training under the Air Ministry, this situation would not be rectified until two years before second world war. In 1924 saw the creation of a specific Fleet Air Arm. The air section now was put under the control of the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff of the Admiralty Naval Staff where it was renamed Air Division [2] until 1928 when it was renamed the Naval Air Division. [3]

Director of the Air Division


  1. Gates, David; Jones, Ben (2016). Air Power in the Maritime Environment: The World Wars. Routledge. p. 91. ISBN 9781317183433.
  2. Hamilton, C. I. (3 February 2011). The Making of the Modern Admiralty: British Naval Policy-Making, 1805–1927. Cambridge University Press. p. 292. ISBN 9781139496544.
  3. Studies, Royal United Services Institute for Defence (1931). Brassey's annual: the armed forces year-book. Praeger Publishers. p. 146.