Director of Naval Training

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Office of the
Director of Naval Training
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Department of Admiralty
Reports toSecond Sea Lord (1944-1951)
Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel, (Training) (1951-1959)
Director-General of Training, (1959-1969)
Director-General, Naval Manpower and Training, (1972-1990).
NominatorFirst Sea Lord
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty, (1944-1964)
Secretary of State for Defence, (1964-1990)
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
First holderRear-Admiral John Walter Durnford
Final holderCaptain David A.J. Blackburn
SuccessionDeputy Chief of Naval Personnel (Training)

The Director of Naval Training was a senior British Royal Navy appointment first created in December 1944. The office holder was responsible for the command of Naval Training Department. The office existed as a Flag Rank post until 1951 when the office holders title was renamed to Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel (Training).[1] In 1955 the office was reestablished as a subordinate post to the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel (Training). It existed until 1990 when it was abolished.


The Department of Admiralty established a Naval Training Department in December, 1944 and appointed Rear-Admiral John Durnford as the first Director of Naval Training who held the position until August, 1947.[1] Three further officers then served as directors until 1951 when the office was renamed to Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel (Training) at the same time the Naval Training Department was renamed to the Department of the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel (Training).[1] In 1955 this office was restablished as a subordinate post to the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel (Training) but was then held by an officer of the rank of Captain.[1] The original flag rank office continued under different names until 2004 when it was known as the Flag Officer, Training and Recruitment.[1]

Office Holders


  • Rear-Admiral John Walter Durnford: December 1944-August 1947
  • Rear-Admiral Philip Ruck-Keene: August 1947-July 1949
  • Rear-Admiral John F. Stevens: July 1949-August 1950
  • Rear-Admiral Charles F.W. Norris: August 1950-1951
  • Captain James J.S. Yorke: December 1955-January 1958
  • Captain Derick H.F. Hetherington: January 1958-May 1959
  • Captain Morice G. Greig: May 1959-November 1961
  • Captain F. Brian P. Brayne-Nicholls: November 1961-July 1963
  • Captain Robert E. Lloyd: July 1963-May 1965
  • Captain Arfor R.E. Bishop: May 1965-February 1969
  • Captain David G. Roome: February 1969-April 1970
  • Captain Stanley L. McArdle: April 1970-December 1971
  • Captain Dennis K.L. Learmount: December 1971-March 1973
  • Captain Sefton R. Sandford: March 1973-April 1974
  • Captain George A.F. Bower: April 1974-October 1975
  • Captain Bruce M. Tobey: October 1975-October 1977
  • Captain Richard A. Stephens: October 1977-June 1980
  • Captain Kenneth A. Snow: June 1980-July 1983
  • Captain Jeremy M. Porter: July 1983-1985
  • Captain Roger Trussell: 1985-1986
  • Captain Peter H. Wright: 1986-October 1988
  • Captain David A.J. Blackburn: October 1988-1990


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Mackie, Colin (January 2020). "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). Scotland: C. Mackie. pp. 44–45.