Royal Naval Scientific Service

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Royal Naval Scientific Service
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R & D
Department overview
Formed1946
Preceding R & D
Department
Dissolved1964
Superseding department
TypeResearch & Development
R & D
Department executive
  • Chief of the Royal Naval Scientific Service
Parent departmentDepartment of Admiralty

The Royal Naval Scientific Service (RNSS) was British Admiralty organisation responsible for research and development for HM Naval Service, It was created in 1946 when it replaced the earlier Scientific Research and Experiment Department. In 1964 following the merger of the Admiralty, Air Ministry and War Office into a unfied Ministry of Defence it was replaced by the Department of the Chief Scientist (Navy).[1]

History

The Royal Navy had sponsored and carried out a good deal of scientific research in the nineteenth century, and a number of establishments such as HMS Vernon and the Admiralty Experiment Works had been set up, but the forerunner of the Royal Naval Scientific Service was the Board of Invention and Research, established in 1915 to initiate, investigate and advise on proposals for the application of science and engineering to naval warfare, including inventions sent to the Admiralty by members of the public. In 1918 it became the Scientific Research and Experiment Department and in 1946 the Royal Naval Scientific Service.[2]

Research and development in naval research establishments and externally to meet naval requirements were the responsibility of the third sea lord and controller of the Navy. Under him, supervision of research and development was carried out by an assistant controller research and development. A director of scientific research, first appointed in 1920, was head of the Scientific and Technical Services, responsible for scientific personnel and for formulating general policies with regard to research and development programmes. Under the assistant controller (R and D) he was responsible for co-ordination of all research and development work within the Admiralty and of this work with that of other organisations.[3]

In 1946 the management of scientific research was reorganised by the establishment of four directorates within the Royal Naval Scientific Service (RNSS). The Directorate of Research Programmes and Planning (DRPP), the Directorate of Physical Research (DPR), the Directorate of Aeronautical and Engineering and the Directorate of Operational Research (DOR). With the formation of a unified Ministry of Defence in April 1964 the RNSS abosrbed into and then replaced by the Department of the Chief Scientist (Navy) and the constituent headquarters directorates gradually lost their separate identity.[4]

In Command

Chief of the Royal Naval Scientific Service

Timeline

References

  1. "Records of Royal Naval Scientific Service". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/. Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England.: National Archives UK. 1912–1995. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  2. Records of Royal Naval Scientific Service, National Archives UK.
  3. Records of Royal Naval Scientific Service, National Archives UK.
  4. Records of Royal Naval Scientific Service, National Archives UK.

Attribution

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