Chief Naval Logistics Officer

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Office of the
Chief Naval Logistics Officer
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Rear-Admiral Andrew Jeffery Kyte

since 18 February 2019
Ministry of Defence
Member ofNavy Command
Reports toChief of Materiel (Fleet) and Chief of Fleet (Support)
NominatorFirst Sea Lord
AppointerSecretary of State for Defence
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
PrecursorChief Naval Supply and Secretariat Officer
First holderRear-Admiral Roger Graham Lockwood

The Chief Naval Logistics Officer (CNLO) is a senior British Royal Navy appointment first created in 2002 when it replaced the earlier office of Chief Naval Supply and Secretariat Officer (1959–2002). The office holder is responsible for the command of navy's Logistics Branch.


The origin of this post as a flag rank appointment dates from 1918 evolving from the Paymaster Director-General. The office was created in 2002 when it replaced the earlier office of Chief Naval Supply and Secretariat Officer (1959-2002). The office holder was responsible for the supervision of the Naval Logistics Branch. At any one time, one admiral is appointed as head of the branch, either as Paymaster Director-General from 1918 to 1944, Director-General Supply and Secretariat Branch from 1944 to 1959, Chief Naval Supply and Secretariat Officer (CNSSO) from 1959 to 2002 and, now, Chief Naval Logistics Officer (CNLO). For the last fifty years, this appointment has been an additional job. However, there was no admiral in the logistics branch from 2008–2010 and the post of CNLO was held by the senior Commodore in the branch.

Office Holders

Incomplete list of post holders included:

  1. Rear-Admiral Roger Graham Lockwood, 2002 – 15 March 2005
  2. Rear-Admiral Michael Kimmons, 15 March 2005 – 2008.
  3. Rear-Admiral David George Steel, April 2010 – September 2012.
  4. Rear-Admiral Jonathan Woodcock, September 2012 – March 2015.
  5. Rear-Admiral Christopher Reginald Summers Gardner, April 2015 - 2018
  6. Rear-Admiral Andrew Jeffery Kyte, 2018 -

Additional titles

During the period 2010 to 2015 this office holder jointly held additional the titles of Naval Secretary and Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Personnel).[1]


  1. Office, Cabinet (2012–2013). Civil service yearbook (49 ed.). London, England: The Stationery Office: Dandy Booksellers Ltd. p. 104. ISBN 9781905262878.