Deputy Chief of Naval Staff

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The Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (D.C.N.S.) was a position on the Naval Staff instituted in 1917 on the Board of Admiralty. It essentially replaced the position of Chief of the Admiralty War Staff.

History

Vice-Admiral (Acting) Henry F. Oliver, the Chief of the Admiralty War Staff, was appointed Deputy Chief of Naval Staff on 31 May, 1917.[1] The duties of the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff were broadly defined on 24 June as:

1. Relieve the C.N.S. of all routine matters dealt with by sections under his immediate direction.



2. Fleet Movements.

3. All operations in the North Sea, the White Sea, the Baltic, and the Dover Area, except British coastal measures for the protection of trade.

4. Offensive measures in the Mediterranean and abroad generally.

5. The protection of trade in the North Sea, except the coastal trade on the East Coast of Great Britain. North Sea trade includes the Dutch trade, trade between Scandinavian countries and Great Britain, and Baltic trade, but not convoy from Lerwick, Southward.

6. All questions relating to foreign stations, except protection of trade against submarine and mine attack.

7. Policy of blockade and all questions relating thereto and to contraband of war.

8. Organisation, movements and protection of troop transports and other vessels against attack by surface vessels; Atlantic convoys other than troop convoys being under A.C.N.S. [See Assistant Chief of Naval Staff.]

NOTE.- Programmes of arrivals and departures of such vessels must be made out in co-operation with A.C.N.S., who is responsible for providing the anti-submarine escort in dangerous areas.

9. Mining.[2]

Deputy Chiefs of the Naval Staff

Footnotes

  1. Oliver Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. p. 319.
  2. "War Staff Duties." Jellicoe Papers. British Library. Add. MS. 48992. ff. 94-95.
  3. The Naval Staff of the Admiralty. C.B. 3013. [Naval Staff.] p. 122.
  4. Fremantle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 293.
  5. Fergusson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 199.
  6. Brock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 49.
  7. Keyes Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 291.
  8. Field Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 247.
  9. Fisher Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 231.
  10. Dreyer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 156.
  11. "Admiralty Change" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 30 June, 1932. Issue 46173, col D, p. 16.
  12. "Flag Changes" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 12 August, 1935. Issue 47140, col F, p. 10.
  13. "Deputy Chief of Naval Staff" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 27 September, 1938. Issue 48110, col F, p. 17.
  14. "The Services" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 27 May, 1939. Issue 48316, col G, p. 23.

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