List of senior officers of the Royal Navy


List of senior officers of the Royal Navy

This is a list of senior officers of the Royal Navy.

Lord High Admirals, 1413–1628

*Thomas Beaufort, Duke of Exeter 1413–1426
*John, Duke of Bedford 1426–1435
*John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter 1435–1447
*William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk 1447–1450
*Henry Holland, 3rd Duke of Exeter 1450–1461
*William Neville, 1st Earl of Kent 1462
*Richard, Duke of Gloucester 1462–1470
*Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick 1470–1471
*Richard, Duke of Gloucester 1471–1483
*John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk 1483–1485
*John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford 1485–1513
*Sir Edward Howard 1513 son of the 2nd Duke of Norfolk
*Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey 1513–1525
*Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond 1525–1536
*William Fitzwilliam, 1st Earl of Southampton 1536–1540
*John Russell, 1st Lord Russell 1540–1542
*Edward Seymour, 1st Earl of Hertford 1542–1543
*John Dudley, Viscount Lisle 1543–1547
*Thomas Seymour, 1st Lord Seymour of Sudeley 1547–1549
*John Dudley, 1st Earl of Warwick 1549–1550
*Edward Clinton, 9th Lord Clinton 1550–1554
*William Howard, 1st Lord Howard of Effingham 1554–1558
*Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln 1558–1585
*Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham (1597) 1585–1619
*George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham 1619–1628

Lords High Admiral and First Lords of the Admiralty, 1628–1709

*Richard Weston, 1st Earl of Portland (First Lord of the Admiralty) 1628–1635
*Robert Bertie, 1st Earl of Lindsey (First Lord of the Admiralty) 1635–1636
*William Juxon, Bishop of Lincoln (First Lord of the Admiralty) 1636–1638
*Algernon Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland (Lord High Admiral to 1642, then First Lord of the Admiralty) 1638–1643
*Francis Cottington, 1st Lord Cottington 1643–1646
*None 1646–1660
*James Stuart, Duke of York and Albany (Lord High Admiral) 1660–1673
*King Charles II (Lord High Admiral) 1673
*Prince Rupert of the Palatinate, 1st Duke of Cumberland (Lord High Admiral) 1673–1679
*Sir Henry Capell (First Lord of the Admiralty) 1679–1681
*Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham (First Lord of the Admiralty) 1681–1684
*King Charles II (Lord High Admiral) 1684–1685
*King James II (Lord High Admiral) 1685–1688
*King William III (Lord High Admiral) 1689
*Arthur Herbert, 1st Earl of Torrington (Lord High Admiral to 1689, then First Lord of the Admiralty) 1689–1690
*Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke (First Lord of the Admiralty) 1690–1692
*Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Lord Cornwallis of Eye (First Lord of the Admiralty) 1692–1693
*Anthony Carey, 5th Viscount of Falkland (First Lord of the Admiralty) 1693–1694
*Edward Russell, 1st Earl of Orford (First Lord of the Admiralty) 1694–1699
*John Egerton, 3rd Earl of Bridgewater (First Lord of the Admiralty) 1699–1701
*Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke(Lord High Admiral) 1701–1702
*Prince George of Denmark (Lord High Admiral) 1702–1708
*Queen Anne (Lord High Admiral) 1708
*Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke (Lord High Admiral) 1708–1709

First Lords of the Admiralty, 1709–1964

*Edward Russell, 1st Earl of Orford 1709–1710
*Sir John Leake 1710–1712
*Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford 1712–1714
*Edward Russell, 1st Earl of Orford 1714–1717
*James Berkeley, 3rd Earl of Berkeley 1717–1727
*George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington 1727–1733
*Sir Charles Wager 1733–1742
*Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea 1742–1744
*John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford 1744–1748
*John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich 1748–1751
*George Anson, 1st Baron Anson 1751–1756
*Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple 1756–1757
*Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea 1757
*George Anson, 1st Baron Anson 1757–1762
*George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax 1762
*George Grenville 1762–1763
*John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich 1763
*John Perceval, 2nd Earl of Egmont 1763–1766
*Sir Charles Saunders 1766
*Sir Edward Hawke 1766–1771
*John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich 1771–1782
*Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel 1782–1783
*Richard Howe, 4th Viscount Howe 1783
*Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel 1783
*Richard Howe, 4th Viscount Howe 1783–1788
*John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham 1788–1794
*George John Spencer, 2nd Earl Spencer 1794–1801
*John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent 1801–1804
*Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville 1804–1805
*Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham 1805–1806
*Charles Grey, Viscount Howick 1806
*Thomas Grenville 1806–1807
*Henry Phipps, 3rd Baron Mulgrave 1807–1810
*Charles Philip Yorke 1810–1812
*Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville 1812–1827
*HRH The Duke of Clarence (Lord High Admiral) 1827–1828
*Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville 1828–1830
*Sir James Graham 1830–1834
*George Eden, 2nd Baron Auckland 1834
*Thomas Robinson, 2nd Earl de Grey 1834–1835
*George Eden, 2nd Baron Auckland 1835
*Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 2nd Earl of Minto 1835–1841
*Thomas Hamilton, 9th Earl of Haddington 1841–1846
*Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough 1846
*George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland 1846–1849
*Sir Francis Thornhill Baring 1849–1852
*Algernon Percy, 4th Duke of Northumberland 1852
*Sir James Graham 1852–1855
*Sir Charles Wood 1855–1858
*Sir John Pakington 1858–1859
*Edward Adolphus Seymour, 12th Duke of Somerset 1859–1866
*Sir John Pakington 1866–1867
*Henry Thomas Lowry Corry 1867–1868
*Hugh Childers 1868–1871
*George Joachim Goschen 1871–1874
*George Ward Hunt 1874–1877
*William Henry Smith 1877–1880
*Thomas George Baring, 1st Earl of Northbrook 1880–1885
*Lord George Hamilton 1885–1886
*George Robinson, 1st Marquess of Ripon 1886
*Lord George Hamilton 1886–1892
*John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer 1892–1895
*George Joachim Goschen 1895–1900
*William Waldegrave Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne 1900–1905
*Frederick Archibald Vaughan Campbell, 3rd Earl Cawdor 1905
*Edward Marjoribanks, 2nd Baron Tweedmouth 1905–1908
*Reginald McKenna 1908–1911
*Winston Churchill 1911–1915
*Arthur Balfour 1915–1916
*Sir Edward Carson 1916–1917
*Sir Eric Geddes 1917–1919
*Walter Hume Long 1919–1921
*Arthur Hamilton Lee, 1st Baron Lee of Fareham 1921–1922
*Leo Amery 1922–1924
*Frederic John Napier Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford 1924
*William Clive Bridgeman 1924–1929
*A. V. Alexander 1929–1931
*Sir Austen Chamberlain 1931
*Bolton Eyres-Monsell, 1st Viscount Monsell 1931–1936
*Sir Samuel Hoare 1936–1937
*Alfred Duff Cooper 1937–1938
*James Stanhope, 7th Earl Stanhope 1938–1939
*Winston Churchill 1939–1940
*A. V. Alexander 1940–1945
*Brendan Bracken 1945
*A. V. Alexander 1945–1946
*George Henry Hall 1946–1951
*Francis Aungier Pakenham, 1st Baron Pakenham 1951
*James Thomas, 1st Viscount Cilcennan (1955) 1951–1956
*Quintin McGarel Hogg, 2nd Viscount Hailsham 1956–1957
*George Douglas-Hamilton, 10th Earl of Selkirk 1957–1959
*Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington, 1959–1963
*George Jellicoe, 2nd Earl Jellicoe 1963–1964

Admirals of the Fleet, 1795–1827

*Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe 1795–1799
*Sir Peter Parker, 1st Baronet 1799–1811
*Prince William, Duke of Clarence 1811–1827

First Sea Lords and Chiefs of the Naval Staff, 1828–present

* Sir George Cockburn 1828–1830
* Sir Thomas Hardy 1830–1834
* The Hon. George Heneage Dundas 1834
* Sir Charles Adam 1834
* Sir George Cockburn 1834–1835
* Sir Charles Adam 1835–1841
* Sir George Cockburn 1841–1846
* Sir William Parker 1846
* Sir Charles Adam 1846–1847
* Sir James Whitley Deans Dundas 1847–1852
* The Hon. Maurice Fitzhardinge Berkeley 1852
* Hyde Parker 1852–1854
* The Hon. Maurice Fitzhardinge Berkeley 1854–1857
* Sir Richard Saunders Dundas 1857–1858
* William Martin 1858–1859
* Sir Richard Saunders Dundas 1859–1861
* Sir Frederick Grey 1861–1866
* Sir Alexander Milne 1866–1868
* Sir Sydney Dacres 1868–1872
* Sir Alexander Milne 1872–1876
* Sir Hastings Yelverton 1876–1877
* Sir George Wellesley 1877–1879
* Sir Astley Cooper Key 1879–1885
* Sir Arthur Hood 1885–1886
* Lord John Hay 1886
* Sir Arthur Hood 1886–1889
* Sir Richard Vesey Hamilton 1889–1891
* Sir Anthony Hoskins 1891–1893
* Sir Frederick Richards 1893–1899
* Lord Walter Kerr 1899–1904
* Sir John Fisher 1904–1910
* Sir Arthur Wilson 1910–1911
* Sir Francis Bridgeman 1911–1912
* Prince Louis of Battenberg 1912–1914
* John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher 1914–1915
* Sir Henry Jackson 1915–1916
* Sir John Jellicoe 1916–1917
* Sir Rosslyn Wemyss 1917–1919
* David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty 1919–1927
* Sir Charles Madden 1927–1930
* Sir Frederick Field 1930–1933
* Ernle Chatfield, 1st Baron Chatfield 1933–1938
* Sir Roger Backhouse 1938–1939
* Sir Dudley Pound 1939–1943
* Andrew Cunningham, 1st Baron Cunningham of Hyndhope 1943–1946
* Sir John Cunningham 1946–1948
* Sir Bruce Fraser 1948–1951
* Sir Rhoderick McGrigor 1951–1955
* Lord Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma 1955–1959
* Sir Charles Lambe 1959–1960
* Sir Caspar John 1960–1963
* Sir David Luce 1963–1966
* Sir Varyl Begg 1966–1968
* Sir Michael Lefanu 1968–1970
* Sir Peter Hill-Norton 1970–1971
* Sir Michael Pollock 1971–1974
* Sir Edward Ashmore 1974–1977
* Sir Terence Lewin 1977–1979
* Sir Henry Leach 1979–1982
* Sir John Fieldhouse 1982–1985
* Sir William Staveley 1985–1989
* Sir Julian Oswald 1989–1993
* Sir Benjamin Bathurst 1993–1995
* Admiral Sir Jock Slater 1995–1998
* Admiral Sir Michael Boyce 1998–2001
* Admiral Sir Nigel Essenhigh 2001–2002
* Admiral Sir Alan West 2002–2006
* Admiral Sir Jonathon Band 2006–present

Deputy First Sea Lords

* Admiral Sir Charles Kennedy-Purvis 29 July, 1942–1946

Deputy/Vice Chiefs of the Naval Staff

* Rear-Admiral Sir Tom Phillips 1 June, 1939–21 October, 1941
* Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Moore 21 October, 1941–7 June, 1943
* Rear-Admiral Sir Edward Neville Syfret 7 June, 1943–?

econd Sea Lords

* Admiral Sir Charles Little 30 September, 1938–1 June, 1941
* Vice-Admiral Sir William Whitworth 1 June, 1941–8 March, 1944
* Vice-Admiral Sir Algernon Willis 8 March, 1944–?
* Admiral Sir Arthur John Power 27 Feb 1946–1948
* Vice-Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent January 2003–October 2005
* Vice-Admiral Sir Adrian Johns CBE October 2005–present

Third Sea Lords

* Rear-Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser 1 March 1939–22 May 1942
* Vice-Admiral Sir W. Frederic Wake-Walker 22 May, 1942– September 1945

Fourth Sea Lords

* Rear-Admiral Sir Geoffrey Arbuthnot 1 October, 1937–1 April, 1941
* Vice-Admiral Sir John Cunningham 1 April, 1941–8 May, 1943
* Rear-Admiral Frank Pegram 8 May, 1943–20 March, 1944
* Vice-Admiral Sir Arthur Palliser 20 March, 1944–?

Fifth Sea Lords

* Vice-Admiral the Honorable Sir Alexander Ramsay 19 July, 1938–14 April, 1941
* Rear-Admiral Sir Lumley Lyster 14 April, 1941–
* Rear-Admiral Sir Denis Boyd ?–1 May, 1945
* Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Troubridge 1 May, 1945–


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