Vice-Chief of Naval Staff
|Vice-Chief of Naval Staff|
Ensign of the Royal Navy
|Department of Admiralty (1941-1964), Navy Department (1964-1985)|
|Member of||Board of Admiralty, Admiralty Board|
|Reports to||Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff|
|Nominator||First lord of the Admiralty, Secretary of State for Defence|
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
|Term length||Not fixed (typically 2–3 years)|
|First holder||Sir Henry Moore|
|Final holder||Sir Peter Stanford|
In October 1941 the post of Vice-Chief of the Naval Staff was created when the Admiralty abolished the title of Deputy Chief of Naval Staff inline with changes that were also taking place within the army and air force. It was essentially the same role as the (D. C. N. S.) the post holder initially was the operational head of the Royal Navy  who reported directly to the First Sea Lord. In 1946 the office of the Deputy Chief Naval Staff is revived and the (V. C. N. S.) from that point reported to them. Following internal re-structuring within the Ministry of Defence the position is abolished in 1984.
- Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Moore, (21 October 1941–7 June 1943) 
- Rear-Admiral Sir Edward Syfret, (7 June 1943–1945) 
- Vice-Admiral Sir Rhoderick McGrigor, (1945–1947) 
- Vice-Admiral Sir John Edelsten, (1947–1949) 
- Vice-Admiral Sir George Creasy, (1949–1951) 
- Vice-Admiral Sir Guy Grantham, (1951–1954) 
- Vice-Admiral Sir William Davis, (1954–1957) 
- Vice-Admiral Sir Caspar John, (1957–1960) 
- Vice-Admiral Sir Walter Thomas Couchman, (1960–1961)
- Vice-Admiral Sir Varyl Begg, (1961–1963) 
- Vice-Admiral Sir John Frewen, (1963–1965)
- Vice-Admiral Sir John Bush], (1965–1967) 
- Vice-Admiral Sir Peter Hill-Norton, (1967–1969)
- Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Ashmore, (1969–1971) 
- Vice-Admiral Sir Terence Lewin, (1971–1973)
- Vice-Admiral Sir John Treacher, (1973–1975)
- Vice-Admiral Sir Raymond Lygo, (1975–1978) 
- Vice-Admiral Sir Anthony Morton, (1978–1980)
- Vice-Admiral Sir William Staveley, (1980–1982)
- Vice-Admiral Sir Peter Stanford, (1982–1984) 
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