Fourth Naval Lord

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Office of the Fourth Naval Lord
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Ensign of the Royal Navy
Department of the Admiralty
Member ofBoard of Admiralty
Reports toFirst Naval Lord
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed
Inaugural holderCaptain George Barrington

The Fourth Naval Lord or formally the Office of the Fourth Naval Lord was formerly one of the Naval Lords and members of the Board of Admiralty who controlled the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom from 1830 until 1868.


In 1805, for the first time, specific functions were assigned to each of the 'Naval' Lords, who were described as 'Professional' Lords, leaving to the 'Civil' Lords the routine business of signing documents.[1] In 1830 the additional office of fourth naval lord was created until 1868 when the office was renamed the Junior Naval Lord this title remained until 1904 when it was again re-styled Fourth Sea Lord until 1964 when the Admiralty Department this post was abolished [2] The modern equivalent is titled the "Naval Member for Logistics", who is responsible for the logistical support and the supply chain of the navy and its functions along with two other departments of state were merged within a new Ministry of Defence. Following the merger a new post of Chief of Fleet Support was created, assuming the same responsibilities and duties until 2007 when it was renamed Chief of Materiel (Fleet).

Office holders

Fourth Naval Lords include:[1]

Departments under the office

At various times included:[3][4][5][6][7]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Sainty, JC, Lord High Admiral and Commissioners of the Admiralty 1660-1870', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660-1870 (1975), pp. 18-31". Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  2. Whitaker's Almanack 1965
  3. Archives, The National. "Records of the Surveyor of the Navy and successors". National Archives, 1620-1979. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  4. Hamilton, Sir Vesey. "Naval Administration - Part II. - Chapter II". Sir Vesey Hamilton, 1896. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  5. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation in World War 2, 1939-1945". Gordon Smith, 19 September 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  6. Domville-Fife, Charles W. (2011). The British Submarine Warfare How the German Submarine Menace was met and vanquished (1919) (1. Aufl. ed.). Bremen: Europäischer Hochschulverlag. p. 5. ISBN 9783845711683.
  7. "Defence Equipment & Support organisation chart" (PDF). Ministry of Defence 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2017.