Chief Naval Engineer Officer

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Office of the
Chief Naval Engineer Officer
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Incumbent
Rear-Admiral, Jim Higham

since 2019
AbbreviationCNEO
AppointerSecretary of State for Defence
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
PrecursorEngineer-in-Chief of the Fleet
Formation1960
First holderVice-Admiral, Sir Charles Peter Graham Walker

The Chief Naval Engineer Officer is a senior Royal Navy flag officer appointment first established in April 1960, when it replaced the earlier Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet.

The office holder is head of the Engineering Branch of the navy.

History

The Chief Naval Engineer Officer is the functional head of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary Engineering Branch. They are responsible for providing leadership of the Branch by promoting a culture and ethos of professional engineering excellence, pride and a strong sense of belonging to the Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Engineering Branch. CNEO provides a focal point for championing RN/RFA engineering issues and risks by influencing and advising MOD and RN executive organisations. Delivery of CNEO’s responsibilities is enacted through the Naval Engineering Strategy and CNEO’s annual conference. The role is supported by the Deputy Chief Naval Engineer Officer, Heads of Specialisation (appointed by CNEO),CSO(E)s, DACOS(ES), DACOS(AE) and the CNEO Warrant Officer – all of whom make up the Naval Engineering Board.[1]

Office Holders

Incomplete list of post holders include:

  1. Vice-Admiral Reginald Thomas Sandars, 15 October, 1960 – 26 May, 1962.[2]
  2. Vice-Admiral, Sir Charles Peter Graham Walker, 1963 – 1968.[3]
  3. Vice-Admiral, Sir Robert George Raper, 1968 – 1974.[4]
  4. Vice-Admiral, Sir Lindsay Sutherland Bryson, 1979 – 1981.[5]
  5. Vice-Admiral Sir Edwin (Ted) John Horlick, 1981 – 1983.[6]
  6. Rear-Admiral, John Scott Grove, 1983 – 1985.[7]
  7. Rear-Admiral, Geoffrey Gordon Ward Marsh, 1985 – 1987.[8]
  8. Vice-Admiral, Sir Robert Charles Finch Hill, 1989 – 1993.[9]
  9. Rear-Admiral, Sir Robert Walmsley, 1993 – 1994.
  10. Vice Admiral, Malcolm Graham Rutherford, 1994 – 1996.[10]
  11. Rear-Admiral, Jonathan Alexander Burch, 1999.[11]
  12. Rear-Admiral, John Chadwick, 1999 – 2001.[12]
  13. Rear-Admiral, Michael George Wood, 2001 – 2003.
  14. Rear-Admiral, Richard Frank Cheadle, 2003.
  15. Rear Admiral, Nigel Charles Forbes Guild, 2003 – 2008.
  16. Rear-Admiral, Simon Robert Lister, 2011 – 2014.[13][14]
  17. Vice-Admiral Simon Robert Lister, 2014 – 2017.[15]
  18. Rear Admiral, Richard Charles Thompson, 2017 – 2019.[16]
  19. Rear-Admiral, Jim Higham, 2019 – current.[17]

Timeline of office

  1. Comptroller of the Steam Machinery and Packet Department (1837-1846)
  2. Comptroller of the Steam Machinery (1846-1850)
  3. Chief Engineer and Inspector of Steam Machinery (1850-1860)
  4. Engineer-in-Chief of the Navy (1868-1887)
  5. Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet (1887-1960)
  6. Chief Naval Engineer Officer (1960-current)

References

  1. "The Engineer Officer: Doctrine and Policy" (PDF). royalnavy.mod.uk. Navy Command HQ, Royal Navy. April 2017. pp. 3–5. Retrieved 26 June 2020. Chapter 10
  2. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945  --  S - Sandars, [Sir] Reginald Thomas". www.unithistories.com. Netherlands: Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  3. "Who's who of British Engineers". Who's who of British Engineers. Ohio University Press. 2: 620. 1968.
  4. Jane, Frederick Thomas (1972). "United Kingdom". Jane's Fighting Ships. London: S. Low, Marston & Company. p. 331.
  5. Key, Ernest (1984). "Engineers". International Who's who in Engineering. Ely, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom: International Biographical Centre. p. 127.
  6. "Horlick, Vice-Adm. Sir Edwin John, (Sir Ted), (born 28 Sept. 1925), part-time consultant: Published online: 01 December 2007". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. Oxford England: A & C Black and Oxford University Press. 1 December 2019. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u20764. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  7. "Grove, Rear-Adm. John Scott, (7 July 1927–29 Sept. 2013), RN retired, 1985; nuclear engineering consultant to Ministry of Defence, 1985–99". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO (2020). Oxford University Press. 1 December 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u18344.
  8. "Marsh, Rear-Adm. Geoffrey Gordon Ward, (4 Feb. 1929–24 Oct. 2014), Project Manager, NATO Frigate 90, Hamburg, 1988–90". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO (2020). Oxford University Press. 1 December 2016. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u26695. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  9. "Hill, Sir Robert (Charles Finch), (born 1 May 1937), part-time lecturer, University of Bath, since 1995; President, Institute of Marine Engineers, 1995–96". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO (2020). Oxford University Press. 1 December 2019. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u20179. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  10. "Rutherford, Vice-Adm. Malcolm Graham". Who's Who and Who Was Who (2020). Oxford University Press. 1 December 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U181676. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  11. "Burch, Rear Adm. Jonathan Alexander, (18 June 1949–4 Nov. 2009), Chief Executive (formerly Executive Secretary), Royal Academy of Engineering, 2000–03: Published online: 01 December 2007". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO (2020). Oxford University Press. 1 December 2016. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u9406. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  12. "Chadwick, Rear Adm. John, (born 26 March 1946), Director, Greenwich Hospital, 2003–07: Published online: 01 December 2007". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO (2020). Oxford University Press. 1 December 2019. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u10530. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  13. Government, HM (Summer 2012). "The Naval Engineer (Web Edition)". royalnavy.mod.uk. Royal Navy. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  14. Government, HM (Spring 2014). "Chief Naval Engineer Officer, Vice Admiral S.R. Lister CB OBE". The Naval Engineer. Royal Navy (MOD): 1.
  15. The Naval Engineer (Spring 2014).
  16. "Thompson, Rear Adm. Richard Charles: Published online: 01 December 2018". Who's Who and Who Was Who (2020). 1 December 2019. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U278745. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  17. "Culdrose Sailor commended for efforts in the Middle East". www.faaoa.org.uk. Fleet Air Arm Officers Association. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2020.