Chief of Naval Supplies and Transport

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Office of the Chief of Naval Supplies and Transport
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Navy Department, Naval Personnel Department
Member ofDefence Council
Admiralty Board
Navy Board
Reports toFirst Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
NominatorSecretary of State for Defence
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 3–4 years)
First holderRear Admiral Sir Hugh Tothill

The Chief of Naval Supplies and Transport (CNST) was formerly one of the members of the Board of Admiralty created in 1917 following the establishment of the Admiralty Naval Staff. The office was held jointly with that of the Fourth Sea Lord until 1964 when it was renamed Chief of Fleet Support.


In 1805, for the first time, specific functions were assigned to each of the then 'Naval' Lords, who were described as 'Professional' Lords, leaving to the 'Civil' Lords the routine business of signing documents.[1]. In 1904 the office of Fourth Sea Lord was created replacing the earlier office of Fourth Naval Lord. when the Department of Admiralty this post was abolished [2]

In 1917 the office of Chief of Naval Supplies was established as an addional joint title of the Fourth Sea Lord the office holder was made responsible for supplying the navy with transport, victualling (supplying food), and medical services.[3] In 1964 following the merger of the Department of Admiralty into to an enlarged Ministry of Defence the office was renamed to Chief of Fleet Support who is responsible for the logistical support and the supply chain of the navy.

Office holders

Included: [4]

Departments under the office

At various times this office superintended the following Admiralty Departments:[5][6][7][8][9]

See also


  1. "Sainty, JC, Lord High Admiral and Commissioners of the Admiralty 1660-1870', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660-1870 (1975), pp. 18-31". Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  2. Whitaker's Almanack 1965
  3. Division within ADM National Archives
  4. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Fourth Sea Lord - The Dreadnought Project". Harley and Lovell, 11 August 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  5. Archives, The National. "Records of the Surveyor of the Navy and successors". National Archives, 1620-1979. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  6. Hamilton, Sir Vesey. "Naval Administration - Part II. - Chapter II". Sir Vesey Hamilton, 1896. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  7. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation in World War 2, 1939-1945". Gordon Smith, 19 September 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  8. Domville-Fife, Charles W. (2011). The British Submarine Warfare How the German Submarine Menace was met and vanquished (1919) (1. Aufl. ed.). Bremen: Europäischer Hochschulverlag. p. 5. ISBN 9783845711683.
  9. "Defence Equipment & Support organisation chart" (PDF). Ministry of Defence 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2017.