Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations and Air)

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Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations and Air)
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Navy Department (1968-1984)
Member ofBoard of Admiralty
Reports toVice Chief of Naval Staff
NominatorFirst Sea Lord
Minister of Defence for the Royal Navy
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)
Inaugural holderRear-Admiral, Leslie Derek Empson

The Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations and Air) was a senior British Royal Navy appointment. The post holder was part of the Navy Department (Naval Staff) from July, 1968 to October, 1984.


The post was established in July 1968 following a reorganisation of the British Naval Staff. The office holder was responsible for supervising the directors of a number of naval military staff directorates until October, 1984 when the post was abolished.

Office holders


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