Department of the Director of Naval Stores

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Department of the Director of Naval Stores
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Agency overview
Formed1876
Preceding agency
Dissolved1965
Superseding department
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersAdmiralty
London
Agency executive
  • Director of Naval Stores
Parent departmentDepartment of Admiralty (1876-1964)
Navy Department (1964-1965)

The Department of the Director of Naval Stores [1] was initially a subsidiary department of the British Department of Admiralty responsible for managing and maintaining naval stores and the issuing of materials at naval dockyards and establishments for the building, fitting and repairing of Royal Navy warships from 1876 to 1964 when it Admiralty was subsumed into the Ministry of Defence and it renamed to the Navy Department, and this department then existed until 1965 when it was absorbed into the Royal Naval Supply and Transport Service.

History

The was British Admiralty first established a Naval Stores Department in April 1869 initially and was initially placed under the control of a Superintendent of Naval Stores as head of the department, He assumed the former store keeping and distribution duties previously administered by the Department of the Storekeeper-General of the Navy whose post was abolished following a re organisation within the Admiralty.[2] In 1876 the title of Superintendent of Stores was renamed as to the Director of Naval Stores as head of the new Department of the Director of Naval Stores.

The Naval Stores Department was responsible for the storing and provisioning of materiel stores for the Royal Navy, and for supplying all naval establishments and yards at both home and abroad including all foreign stations. It managed the stores for the Department of the Director of Dockyards, the Department of the Director of Naval Construction and the Naval Ordnance Department including all Royal Naval Colleges and Royal Naval Engineering Colleges. This department was overseen by the Third Sea Lord.[3]

In 1961 the Victualling Department was merged into the Naval Stores Department, but remained an autonomous department within it.[4] In 1964 the department survived unification of the Admiralty into the new Ministry of Defence until 1966 when it was integrated with three other departments for (Armament Supply, Movements and Victualling) to form the new Royal Naval Supply and Transport Service as part of the MOD Navy Department.[5]

Heads of Department

Directors of Naval Stores

Directors Duties

Included:[6]

  • Issue stores for all ships both in commission and reserve.
  • Issue stores for naval dockyards both at home and abroad.
  • Manage all stores and storage facilities for the Department of Dockyards.
  • Manage all stores and storage facilities for the Department of Naval Construction.
  • Manage all stores and storage facilities for the Department of Naval Ordnance.
  • Manage all stores and storage facilities for Royal Naval and Engineering Colleges.
  • Prepare all estimates for the department.
  • Pass departments purchase requests to the Director of Navy Contracts.
  • Receive stores for royal naval vessels both in commission and reserve.
  • Regularly examine all stores accounts and financial transactions.
  • Superintend the department including all supporting staff heads.

Timeline

References

  1. puddefoot, Geoff (2010). Ready For Anything: The Royal Fleet Auxiliary 1905-1950. Seaforth Publishing. p. 64. ISBN 9781848320741.
  2. Government, H.M. (1888). The Navy List. H.M. Stationery Office. p. 301.
  3. Hamilton, Sir Vesey (1896). "IV". The Constitution, Character and Functions of the Board of Admiralty and the Civil Departments it Directs. George Bell and Sons. ISBN 9781150465000.
  4. Government, H.M. (April 1962). The Navy List. H.M. Stationery Office. p. 929.
  5. RUSI and Brassey's defence yearbook. 1978-79 : 89th year of publication. Brassey's. 1978. p. 149. ISBN 9780904609219.
  6. Hamilton, Sir Vesey (1896). "IV". The Constitution, Character and Functions of the Board of Admiralty and the Civil Departments it Directs. George Bell and Sons. ISBN 9781150465000.

Sources

  • Hamilton, Sir Vesey (1896). "IV". The Constitution, Character and Functions of the Board of Admiralty and the Civil Departments it Directs. George Bell and Sons. ISBN 9781150465000.
  • Puddefoot, Geoff (2010). Ready For Anything: The Royal Fleet Auxiliary 1905–1950. Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 9781848320741.
  • Rodger, N.A.M. (1979). The Admiralty. Offices of State. Lavenham: T. Dalton. ISBN 0900963948.