Chief of Naval Air Equipment

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Chief of Naval Air Equipment
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Department of Admiralty
Member ofBoard of Admiralty
Reports toChief of Naval Staff
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)
Inaugural holderVice-Admiral Sir Denis Boyd

The Chief of Naval Air Equipment (CNAE) was formerly one of the members of the Board of Admiralty created in 1943 following a renaming of the previous office of Chief of Naval Air Services, as part of the establishment of the Admiralty Naval Staff.[1] The office was held jointly with that of the Fifth Sea Lord until 1956 when it was abolished.


In 1917 a Chief of Naval Air Service was established as an additional joint title of the Fifth Sea Lord the office holder was made responsible for control and direction of all naval aviation and was abolished following the transfer of naval aviation to the Royal Air Force in 1918. In 1938 the title of the Board member designated, though not appointed Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air) was altered to Fifth Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Air Services. In July 1942 the office of Fifth Sea Lord lapsed leaving just the office Chief of Naval Air Services until 1943 when this office was renamed Chief of Naval Air Equipment until 1945 it was abolished.[2]

Office holders


  1. Rear-Admiral Denis Boyd January 1943 - August, 1944
  2. Vice-Admiral Sir Denis Boyd August, 1944 – May 1945. (became Admiral (Air) in command of Naval Air Stations June 1945).


  1. Commons, House of. "BOARD OF ADMIRALTY. (Hansard, 17 February 1942)". London, England: Hansard. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  2. Friedman, Norman (1988). British Carrier Aviation: The Evolution of the Ships and Their Aircraft. Annapolis, Maryland, United States.: Naval Institute Press. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-87021-054-9.
  3. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Fifth Sea Lord - The Dreadnought Project". Harley and Lovell,3 November 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2019.