Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Foreign)

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Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Foreign)
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Department of Admiralty
Member ofBoard of Admiralty
Reports toVice Chief of Naval Staff
NominatorChief of Naval Staff
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)
Inaugural holderRear-Admiral Sir Henry Harwood

The Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Foreign) was a senior British Royal Navy flag appointment. The post holder was part of the Admiralty Naval Staff and member of the Board of Admiralty from 1940 to 1945.


Established in December 1940 as a new position to ease the burden of the responsibilities on the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff. The post holder was a part of the Admiralty Naval Staff and member of the Board of Admiralty. He was chiefly responsible for superinteding the directors of naval staff divisions such as the Gunnery Division (Foreign), Operations Division (Foreign) and the Warfare Division till 1945.[1]

Office holders


  • Rear-Admiral Sir Henry Harwood, — (December 1940–April 1942) [3]
  • Rear-Admiral H. Bernard H. Rawlings, — (April 1942–February 1943)
  • Rear-Admiral Reginald M. Servaes, — (February 1943–March 1945)
  • Rear-Admiral Gerald Bellars, — (March–October 1945)


  1. Clancy, Patrick; Straka, William. "HyperWar: War at Sea 1939-1945, I: The Defensive [Chapter 1]". HyperWar Foundation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  2. Watson, Dr. Graham. "The Organisation of the Admiralty 1939 to 1945". Gordon Smith, Naval History.Net, 19 Sep 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  3. "BOARD OF ADMIRALTY". Hansard, HC Deb 17 February 1942 vol 377 cc 1646-50. Retrieved 25 January 2020.