Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches

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Office of the
Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches
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Department of Admiralty
AbbreviationCOSWA
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
PrecursorChief of Staff to the Senior Officer on the Coast of Ireland
FormationApril, 1919
First holderCommodore 2nd Class Cecil Dacre Staveley Raiken.
Final holderCommodore 2nd Class Ian Agnew Patteson Macintyre.
AbolishedJuly, 1945
SuccessionChief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth Station

The Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches was a senior British Royal Navy appointment created following World War One and World War Two. The office holder was the principal staff officer to the Commander-in-Chief, Western Approaches.

Office Holders

  1. Commodore 2nd Class Cecil Dacre Staveley Raiken, 1 April, 1919 – 1 April, 1921.[1]
  2. Commodore 2nd Class, John Maurice Mansfield, 17 February, 1941 – 12 January, 1943.[2]
  3. Commodore 2nd Class, Alfred Spalding Russell, 12 January, 1943 – 5 November, 1943.[3]
  4. Commodore 2nd Class, Ian Agnew Patteson Macintyre, 5 November, 1943 – July, 1945.[4]

Responsibilities

The Chief of Staff was responsible for executing the Commanders primary role; the planning and execution of operations. They are also responsible for the coordination, prioritisation and coherence of all staff effort with the Naval HQ.

References

  1. Admiralty, British. (December 1920). The Navy List. Flag Officers in Commission. H.M.S.O. London. England. p.694.
  2. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945  -  M". www.unithistories.com. Netherlands: Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  3. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945 - R". www.unithistories.com. Netherlands: Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  4. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945  -  M". www.unithistories.com. Netherlands: Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 7 March 2020.