Navigation Division

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Navigation Division
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
RoleMilitary Staff
Part ofAdmiralty Naval Staff
In CommandDirector of Navigation Division
FirstRear-Admiral William G. Benn
LastCaptain Richard W. Ravenhill

The Navigation Division was a staff division of the Admiralty Naval Staff of the Royal Navy established in 1944 following a renaming of the earlier Navigation Department, In 1946 was renamed the Navigation and Direction Division. It was administered by the Director of Navigation Division.


In December 1912 a Navigation Department was established as a sub component of the Hydrographic Department. Following changes in the command structure of the Admiralty Naval Staff (1917-1919) this department and thus Director of Navigation came under direct supervision of the office of First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff until 1945. In July 1945 the Navigation Department was renamed the Navigation Division but now as part of the Naval Staff.[1] In 1946 the Navigation Division was renamed the Navigation and Direction Division.[2]

Director of Navigation Division

  1. Rear-Admiral William G. Benn: 1944-December 1945
  2. Captain Richard W. Ravenhill: December 1945-1946


  1. Watson, Dr Graham (27 October 2015). "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years 1914-1918". Gordon Smith. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  2. Admiralty, Great Britain (Spring 1946). "Admiralty: Divisions of the Naval Staff". Navy List. London, England: HM Stationery Office. pp. 1731–1740.