Plans and Resources Division

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Plans and Resources Division
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Division overview
FormedMay 1964
Preceding Division
DissolvedApril 1964
Superseding department
HeadquartersMinistry of Defence
London, Great Britain
Division executive
  • Director of Plans
Parent departmentAdmiralty
Parent CommandNavy Department, Naval Staff

The Plans and Resources Division was the former war preparation and wartime strategic planning arm of the Navy Department from 1964 to 1971 when it was renamed the Directorate of Naval Plans.


A Plans Division was first established on 28 September 1917 it evolved out of the earlier Plans Section (Section 16) [1] of the Operations Division of the Naval Staff. Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff who's view was that plans and operations as functions should be separate and distinct.[2] The division existed until 1964 when the Admiralty department was abolished and its functions merged within a new Ministry of Defence where it became known as the Navy Department and the former admiralty division was renamed as the Plans and Resources Division that was headed by the Director of Plans and Resources.

Director of Plans and Resources



  1. Grimes, Shawn T. (2012). Strategy and War Planning in the British Navy, 1887-1918. Boydell Press. p. 216. ISBN 9781843836988.
  2. Hamilton, C. I. (3 February 2011). The Making of the Modern Admiralty: British Naval Policy-Making, 1805–1927. Cambridge University Press. pp. 268–269. ISBN 9781139496544.
  3. Mackie, Colin. "Senior Royal Navy Appointments from 1865" (PDF). Gulabin, pp.27-29, January 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2020.