Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty

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Office of the Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Department of Admiralty
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Term length(typically 1–3 years)
Formation1911
First holderRear-Admiral Ernest Troubridge
Final holderRear-Admiral Frank Twiss
Abolished1962
SuccessionNaval Secretary

The Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty was a senior British Royal Navy flag officer appointment for which the incumbent of this office is responsible for advising the First Lord of the Admiralty on all matters relating to Flag and General Officers’ appointing and honours. In 1962 the office was renamed to Naval Secretary. In 1964 the office of First Lord of the Admiralty was abolished this post holder then reported to the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff.

The office holder controlled and directed the Naval Secretariat.[1]

History

The office was originally established in 1800 when the appointee was styled as Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty[2] and remained so styled until 1911.[3] In 1911 the office was renamed to Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty.[4]

The officer holder provided secretarial support and assisted the political head of the navy on senior officer appointments and the issuing of honours.

Office Holders

Post holders included [5]

References

  1. Hamilton, C. I. (2011). The Making of the Modern Admiralty: British Naval Policy-Making, 1805–1927. Cambridge, England.: Cambridge University Press. p. 291. ISBN 978-1-139-49654-4.
  2. Sainty, J. C. "Private Secretary to First Lord and Lord High Admiral 1800–70 | British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. University of London, London, 1975. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  3. Mackie, Colin (April 2019). "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). gulabin. Scotland: C. Mackie. pp. 16–17. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  4. Lambert, Andrew (2008). Admirals : the naval commanders who made Britain great. p. 345. ISBN 9780571265688.
  5. Hamilton, C. I. (Feb 3, 2011). The Making of the Modern Admiralty: British Naval Policy-Making, 1805–1927. Cambridge University Press. p. 291. ISBN 9781139496544.
  6. Mackie, pp.16-17.
  7. Mackie, pp.16-17.
  8. Mackie, pp.16-17.
  9. Mackie, pp.16-17.