Director-General, Naval Manpower and Training

From Naval History Archive
Jump to navigationJump to search
Office of the
Director-General, Naval Manpower and Training
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Navy Department (1972-1969)
Reports toSecond Sea Lord (1972-1996)
NominatorFirst Sea Lord
AppointerSecretary of State for Defence, (1972-1996)
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
PrecursorDirector-General of Training
First holderVice-Admiral David Williams
Final holder[Rear-Admiral]] John P. Clarke
SuccessionFlag Officer, Training and Recruitment

The Director-General, Naval Manpower and Training was a senior British Royal Navy appointment first created in 1972. The office holder was responsible for the supervision of Directorate-General Naval Manpower and Training. The office existed until 1996 when the office holders title was renamed to Flag Officer, Training and Recruitment.[1]


The Department of Admiralty first established a Naval Training Department under a Director of Naval Training in 1944.[1] In 1951 the director of naval training's title was altered to the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel (Training), and in May 1959 this office holders title was changed to the Director-General of Training. In 1969 this office was renamed once again as the Director-General, Naval Manpower and Training.[1]. In 1996 this office holders title was altered to Flag Officer, Training and Recruitment.

Office Holders


  1. Vice-Admiral David Williams: April 1972-February 1974
  2. Rear-Admiral Raymond D. Lygo: February 1974-June 1975
  3. Vice-Admiral A. Desmond Cassidi: June 1975-December 1977
  4. Vice-Admiral Sir John S.C. Lea: December 1977-January 1980
  5. Rear-Admiral Peter G.M. Herbert: January 1980-November 1981
  6. Rear-Admiral Nicholas J.S. Hunt: November 1981-November 1983
  7. Rear-Admiral Robert W.K. Gerken: November 1983-May 1985
  8. Rear-Admiral D. Benjamin Bathurst: May 1985-November 1986
  9. Rear-Admiral Brian T. Brown: November 1986-July 1988
  10. Rear-Admiral Neville Purvis: July 1988-December 1990
  11. Rear-Admiral Michael H.G. Layard: December 1990-March 1992
  12. Rear-Admiral Nicholas J. Wilkinson: March 1992-April 1994
  13. Rear-Admiral John P. Clarke: April 1994-January 1996


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Mackie, Colin (January 2020). "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). Scotland: C. Mackie. pp. 44–45.