Chaplain of the Fleet

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Chaplain of the Fleet
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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
AppointerHM the Queen
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)
Inaugural holderThomas Ken
Formation1683-current

The Chaplain of the Fleet is a senior British Royal Navy appointment. The office was first established in 1683 by King Charles I of England when he appointed the first chaplain of the fleet Thomas Ken. The office holder is part of the staff of the Second Sea Lord (2SL) and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.[1]

Chaplains of the fleet are commissioned by the Sovereign but do not hold military rank other than that of "Chaplain Royal Navy". The senior chaplain in the Royal Navy is currently Martyn Gough. An Anglican priest, he is also the Archdeacon for the Royal Navy. The office holder currently administers the Royal Naval Chaplaincy Service also known as the Chaplaincy Branch.

History

This office was first established in established in 1683 by King Charles I of England when he appointed the first chaplain of the fleet Thomas Ken[2] however it appointments were not permanent until 13 May 1859. Then the role of Chaplain of the Fleet, as being Head of the Naval Chaplains, was established was originally attached to the role of Senior Chaplain at Greenwich Hospital[3] and was also the Inspector of Naval Schools.

Today the Chaplain of the Fleet Responsible to the First Sea Lord for provision of a Royal Naval Chaplaincy Service, ensuring the spiritual and pastoral needs of all Service personnel, including those of the main World Faiths and those of none, are met. He is responsible for enhancing the Moral Component of Operational Capability through the delivery of sufficient, capable and motivated Chaplains.[4]

He is also charged with meeting the spiritual and pastoral needs of all Naval personnel and their families and to enhance their readiness and resilience by working strategically and collaboratively with other caring agencies, both internal and external.[5]

Office Holders

  • 1683: Thomas Ken
  • 1859–1865: Unknown
  • 1865–1871: William Guise-Tucker
  • 1871–1875: Unknown
  • 23 November 1876 – 1882 (retd): John Cawston
  • 1882–1888: John Harbord
  • 1888 – 17 January 1899 (retd): John Cox-Edwards
  • 1899 – 1 March 1901 (retd): John Berry
  • 1901 – 6 October 1906 (retd): Stuart Harris
  • 1906 – 1 December 1917 (retd): Hugh Wood
  • 1917–1924: Charles Ingles
  • 1924 – 29 January 1929 (retd): Robert McKew
  • 1929–1933: Walter Knight-Adkin
  • 1933–1935: Charles Peshall
  • 1935 – 4 October 1938 (retd): Arthur Gilbertson
  • 1938–1943: Thomas Crick
  • 1943–1947: John Wilson
  • 1947 – 15 May 1952: Leonard Coulshaw
  • 1952–1956: Noel Chamberlain
  • 1956–1960: Darrell Bunt
  • 1960 – 5 March 1963 (retd): John Armstrong
  • 15 May 1963 – 18 March 1966 (retd): Raymond Richardson
  • 18 March 1966 – 6 May 1969: Christopher Prior
  • 8 April 1969 – 9 June 1972 (retd): Ambrose Weekes
  • 14 April 1972 – 1975: Chandos Morgan
  • 4 December 1975 – 1980: Basil O'Ferral
  • 28 March 1980 – 1984: Raymond Roberts
  • 11 June 1984 – 1989: Noël Jones
  • 1989–1994: Michael Henley
  • 1994–1997: Michael Bucks
  • 1997–1999: Simon Golding
  • 1999–2000: Charles Stewart
  • 2000–2002: Simon Golding
  • 2002–2006: Barry Hammett
  • 2006–2010: John Green
  • 2010–2014: Scott J. Brown
  • 2014–2018: Ian Wheatley
  • 2018-present: Martyn Gough

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. "1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Ken, Thomas - Wikisource, the free online library". en.m.wikisource.org. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  3. Template:London Gazette
  4. The Civil Service Yearbook Online 2020.
  5. The Civil Service Yearbook Online 2020.