Chief of Naval Materiel

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Office of the Chief of Naval Materiel
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Department of Admiralty
Member ofBoard of Admiralty (1917-1918)
Reports toChief of Naval Staff
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty (1917-1918)
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 3–4 years)
PrecursorController of the Navy
First holderRear-Admiral Lionel Halsey
Final holderRear-Admiral Lionel Halsey
SuccessionController of the Navy

The Chief of Naval Materiel (abbreviated as CNM) was a senior Royal Navy appointment created in 1917 when the former Controller of the Navy's title was renamed. The office existed only till 1918 when it was changed back to its original. This office was held jointly with that of the Third Sea Lord.[1]

The post holder is responsible for procurement and matériel was originally he was both a member of the Board of Admiralty and part of the Admiralty Naval Staff.

Office Holders


  1. Rear-Admiral Lionel Halsey, 1917–1918.


  1. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (8 December 2018). "Third Sea Lord - The Dreadnought Project". Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  2. Mackie, Colin (January 2020). "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). gulabin. C. Mackie. p. 9. Retrieved 24 January 2020.