Director-General of Training

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Office of the
Director-General of Training
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Department of Admiralty (1959-1964)
Navy Department (1964-1969)
Reports toSecond Sea Lord (1959-1969)
NominatorFirst Sea Lord
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty, (1944-1964)
Secretary of State for Defence, (1964-1969)
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
PrecursorDeputy Chief of Naval Personnel (Training)
First holderVice-Admiral Sir Norman E. Dalton
Final holderRear-Admiral George W. Gay
SuccessionDirector-General, Naval Manpower and Training

The Director-General of Training was a senior British Royal Navy appointment first created in May, 1959. The office holder was responsible for the command of Directorate-General Training. The office existed until 1969 when the office holders title was renamed to Director-General, Naval Manpower and Training.[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]

Office Holders


  1. Vice-Admiral Sir Norman E. Dalton: May 1959-April 1960
  2. Vice-Admiral Sir Nigel S. Henderson: April 1960-July 1962
  3. Rear-Admiral John M.D. Gray: July 1962-January 1965
  4. Rear-Admiral Thomas H. Maxwell: January 1965-January 1967
  5. Rear-Admiral George W. Gay: January 1967-1969


  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.