Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Aviation and Carriers)
|Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Aviation and Carriers)|
Ensign of the Royal Navy
|Ministry of Defence|
|Member of||Navy Command|
|Reports to||Second Sea Lord (2SL) and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff|
|Nominator||Secretary of State for Defence|
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
|Term length||Not fixed (typically 1–3 years)|
|Inaugural holder||Rear-Admiral: Martin J. Connell|
The Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Aviation and Carriers) is a senior British Royal Navy flag officer appointment. The office was first established in April, 2012. This office evolved over time from the first flag officer appointed in the United Kingdom in 1939 having specific responsibility for naval aviation, he was known as the Rear-Admiral, Naval Air Stations.
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Aviation and Carriers) is responsible for naval aviation. The post is also the successor to the Royal Navy's Flag Officer for naval aviation in the British Isles, established since 1939 as the Rear-Admiral, Naval Air Stations. In 2012, this post's responsibilities were officially described as '.ACNS(A&C) is responsible for delivering aviation Force Elements at Readiness in accordance with the RN plan and arising, contingent events. This includes all RN fixed and rotary wing assets, the two Naval Air Stations and the generation of aircraft carriers and carrier capability. He was the lead, on behalf of the Fleet Commander, for the development of the future Carrier Strike capability.
As the Navy’s Aviation Operational Duty Holder, he was personally, legally accountable for the safe execution of maritime aviation by all Royal Navy units, including aircraft, ships and submarines. ACNS(A&C) is also Rear Admiral Fleet Air Arm in which role, as a Head of a Naval Fighting Arm, he is responsible for the professional effectiveness, ethos and spirit of all Fleet Air Arm personnel.'
Today he responsible for delivering aviation Force Elements at Readiness (including all Royal Navy fixed and rotary wing assets, and the two Naval Air Stations) in accordance with the Royal Navy plan and arising, contingent events.
- Rear-Admiral Thomas A. Cunningham: April 2010 – September 2012
- Rear-Admiral Russell G. Harding: September 2012 – May 2015
- Rear-Admiral Keith E. Blount: May 2015 – February 2019
- Rear-Admiral Martin J. Connell: February 2019–Present
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