Naval Secretary

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Office of the Naval Secretary
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Incumbent
Rear-Admiral Philip John Hally

since 2020
Ministry of Defence
Member ofNavy Command
NominatorSecretary of State for Defence
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen–in–Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)
Inaugural holderCaptain John Harrison
Formation1962–current
Websiteroyalnavy.mod.uk

The Naval Secretary also known as the Naval Secretariat is a senior Royal Navy navy political appointment that was established in 1910 to provide a direct line communication between the First Lord of the Admiralty and the Board of Admiralty members. The office was was administered by the Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty until 1964 when its reporting structure changed following the abolition of the office of the First Lord and the naval secretary would now provide secretariat support to the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff. The officer holder is responsible for all matters relating to Flag and General Officers’ appointing.[1] His counterpart in the British Army is the Military Secretary. The Royal Air Force equivalent is the Air Secretary.

History

The Office of the Naval Secretary was originally established in 1912 as a political office of the navy called the Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty.[2] The post-holder assisted the political head of the navy on senior appointments. When the Admiralty department was unified into the Ministry of Defence in 1964 the post was renamed Naval Secretary and he now advised the Royal Navy's military head. From 2010 to 2015 he simultaneously held additional titles of Naval Secretary, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Personnel) and Chief Naval Logistics Officer (as head the Naval Logistics Branch).[3] In 2015 the post holder assumed new additional responsibilities for the Royal Naval Reserve and another additional title of Flag Officer, Reserves.[4] In this capacity he is currently responsible for advising the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff on all matters relating to Flag and General Officers’ appointing. He is supported in the fulfillment of these duties by the Office of Assistant to the Naval Secretary who currently holds the rank of Commodore.[5]

Office Holders

Post holders included:[6]

References

  1. Office, Cabinet (2016–2017). Civil Service Year Book (53 ed.). London, England: The Stationery Office:Dandy Book Sellers Ltd. pp. 194–195. ISBN 9781787320345.
  2. Lambert, Andrew (2008). Admirals : the naval commanders who made Britain great. p. 345. ISBN 9780571265688.
  3. Office, Cabinet (2012–2013). Civil service yearbook (49 ed.). London, England: The Stationery Office: Dandy Booksellers Ltd. p. 104. ISBN 9781905262878.
  4. "Forward by Flag Officer Reserves" (PDF). The Maritime Reservist. Spring 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  5. Office, Cabinet (2016–2017). Civil Service Year Book (53 ed.). London, England: The Stationery Office:Dandy Book Sellers Ltd. pp. 194–195. ISBN 9781787320345.
  6. Mackie, Colin. "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). Gulabin. C. Mackie. pp. 16–17. Retrieved 17 June 2019.

Sources

  • 'Private Secretary to First Lord and Lord High Admiral 1800–70', in Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4, Admiralty Officials 1660–1870, ed. J C Sainty (London, 1975), pp. 65–66. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/office-holders/vol4/pp65–66 [accessed 29 January 2017].
  • Hamilton, C. I. (2003). "Expanding Naval Powers: Admiralty Private Secretaries and Private Offices, 1800–1945". War in History 10 (2): pp. 125–156.
  • Naval Staff, Training and Staff Duties Division (1929). The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. Its Work and Development. B.R. 1845 (late C.B. 3013). Copy at The National Archives. ADM 234/434.
  • Sainty, J. C. (1975). Admiralty Officials, 1660–1870. London: The Athlone Press. ISBN 0485171449.

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