Vice-Chief of Naval Staff

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Vice-Chief of Naval Staff
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Department of Admiralty (1941-1964), Navy Department (1964-1985)
AbbreviationV.C.N.S.
Member ofBoard of Admiralty, Admiralty Board
Reports toDeputy Chief of the Naval Staff
NominatorFirst lord of the Admiralty, Secretary of State for Defence
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 2–3 years)
Formation1941
First holderSir Henry Moore
Final holderSir Peter Stanford
Abolished1985


The Vice Chief of Naval Staff (V.C.N.S.) [1] was a senior appointment in the Royal Navy usually a three-star rank and had a NATO ranking code of OF-8 that existed from 1941 to 1984.

History

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 [2] 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.

Office Holders

Included: [3]

  1. Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Moore, (21 October 1941–7 June 1943) [4]
  2. Rear-Admiral Sir Edward Syfret, (7 June 1943–1945) [5]
  3. Vice-Admiral Sir Rhoderick McGrigor, (1945–1947) [6]
  4. Vice-Admiral Sir John Edelsten, (1947–1949) [7]
  5. Vice-Admiral Sir George Creasy, (1949–1951) [8]
  6. Vice-Admiral Sir Guy Grantham, (1951–1954) [9]
  7. Vice-Admiral Sir William Davis, (1954–1957) [10]
  8. Vice-Admiral Sir Caspar John, (1957–1960) [11]
  9. Vice-Admiral Sir Walter Thomas Couchman, (1960–1961)
  10. Vice-Admiral Sir Varyl Begg, (1961–1963) [12]
  11. Vice-Admiral Sir John Frewen, (1963–1965)
  12. Vice-Admiral Sir John Bush], (1965–1967) [13]
  13. Vice-Admiral Sir Peter Hill-Norton, (1967–1969)
  14. Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Ashmore, (1969–1971) [14]
  15. Vice-Admiral Sir Terence Lewin, (1971–1973)
  16. Vice-Admiral Sir John Treacher, (1973–1975)
  17. Vice-Admiral Sir Raymond Lygo, (1975–1978) [15]
  18. Vice-Admiral Sir Anthony Morton, (1978–1980)
  19. Vice-Admiral Sir William Staveley, (1980–1982)
  20. Vice-Admiral Sir Peter Stanford, (1982–1984) [16]

Additional Notes

Note: The Vice-Chief of Naval Staff reported to the First Sea Lord from 1941 to 1946 [17] then reports to the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff from 1947 until 1984

References

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  2. Callo, Joseph F.; Wilson, Alastair (2004). Who's Who in Naval History: From 1550 to the present. Routledge. p. 13. ISBN 9781134395392.
  3. Mackie, Colin. "Royal Navy - Senior Appointments" (PDF). gulabin.com. Gulabin. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  4. Alexiades, Platon (2015). Target Corinth Canal: 1940-1944. Pen and Sword. p. 88. ISBN 9781473827561.
  5. Stewart, William (2009). Admirals of the world : a biographical dictionary, 1500 to the present. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. p. 270. ISBN 9780786438099.
  6. Rose, Susan (2008). The naval miscellany. Aldershot: Ashgate. p. 8. ISBN 9780754664314.
  7. Office, H.M. Stationary (1950). The British Imperial Calendar and Civil Service List ... Or: General Register of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Its Colonies. Warrington and Company. p. 84.
  8. Heathcote, T. A. (2002). British Admirals of the Fleet: 1734-1995. Pen and Sword. p. 56. ISBN 9781473812703.
  9. Dod, Charles Roger (12 October 2007). Dod's Parliamentary Companion, Parts 1-2. Dod's Parliamentary Companion Ltd., 1967, Original University of Michigan. p. 534.
  10. Kennedy, Greg (2007). Imperial Defence: The Old World Order, 1856–1956. Routledge. p. 151. ISBN 9781134252466.
  11. Stewart, William (Sep 28, 2009). Admirals of the World: A Biographical Dictionary, 1500 to the Present. McFarland. p. 182. ISBN 9780786482887.
  12. Cook, Chris (2012). The Routledge Guide to British Political Archives: Sources since 1945. Routledge. p. 16. ISBN 9781136509612.
  13. "Admiral Sir John Bush: Naval officer who saw distinguished action in". The Independent. The Independent, 10 July, 2013. 10 July 2013.
  14. Roberts, John (2009). Safeguarding the Nation: The Story of the Modern Royal Navy. Barnsley: Seaforth Publishing. p. 111. ISBN 9781848320437.
  15. Adeney, Martin (5 April 2012). "obituary". The Guardian. The Guardian, 5 April, 2012.
  16. "The Naval Review" (PDF). naval-review.com. Naval Review Society, Vol 79, No.3, p.187, July 1991.
  17. Axelrod, Alan (2007). Encyclopedia of World War II 2-Volume Set. New York: Infobase Pub. p. 402. ISBN 9780816060221.