Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Ships)

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Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Ships)
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Ministry of Defence
Member ofNavy Command
Reports toSecond Sea Lord (2SL) and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff
NominatorSecretary of State for Defence
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)
Inaugural holderRear-Admiral Christopher R S Gardner
Formation2017-current

The Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Ships) is a senior British Royal Navy flag officer appointment. The office was first established in 2017.[1] The office holder is responsible for formulating and implementing naval policy in relation to HM Ships as part of Navy Command, Naval Staff and reports to the Second Sea Lord (2SL) and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.

History

Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Ships) is responsible for for ensuring that DD/FF, SSN, SSBN, MW and HM vessels are generated fit for task through integration of all the Lines of Development.[2] He currently also holds another joint title that of [ Chief Naval Engineering Officer]] (CNEO).[3] He is currently assisted by the Assistant Chief of Staff, Submarines.[4]

Under his direct supervision includes the Commodore, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Assistant Chief of Staff Afloat Support, the Assistant Chief of Staff Ships, the Commanding Officer, HMS Queen Elizabeth and the Commanding Officer, HMS Prince of Wales (super carriers).[5]

Office Holders

Included:[6]

  1. Rear-Admiral Christopher R S Gardner, (2017- 2019)
  2. Rear-Admiral Jim Higham, (2019- )

References

  1. Office, Cabinet (2020). "Civil Service Yearbook:United Kingdom Ministers, Departments and Executive Agencies Ministry of Defence (MoD) Navy Command Navy Personnel and Capability". www.civilserviceyearbook.com. HM Government. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  2. The Civil Service Yearbook Online 2020.
  3. The Civil Service Yearbook Online 2020.
  4. The Civil Service Yearbook Online 2020.
  5. The Civil Service Yearbook Online 2020.
  6. Mackie, Colin. "Admirals Current" (PDF). gulabin.com. Scotland: C. Mackie. Retrieved 8 February 2020.