What is the Admiralty Board (UK)?


The Admiralty Board is the body established under the Defence Council of the United Kingdom for the administration of the Naval Service of the United Kingdom.

Refer to Air Force Board and Army Board.


It meets formally only once a year, and the day-to-day running of the Royal Navy is conducted by the Navy Board, which does not include any ministers.

The Admiralty Board was established with the abolition of the Board of Admiralty and the integration of the three service ministries into the Ministry of Defence.

The board is chaired by Her Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Defence and includes the professional heads of the navy, as well as various ministers and civil servants of the Ministry of Defence.

Membership of the Board

The composition is as follows:

  • Civilian:
    • Secretary of State for Defence.
    • Minister of State for the Armed Forces.
    • Minister for Defence Procurement.
    • Minister for Defence People and Veterans.
    • Minister for Reserves.
    • Under Secretary of State & the Lords Spokesman on Defence.
    • Finance Director (Navy).
  • Royal Navy:
    • First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff.
    • Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.
    • Fleet Commander.
    • Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy).

In addition, the following are usually in attendance:

  • Permanent Under Secretary.
  • Commander, Allied Maritime Command.
  • Commandant General Royal Marines.
  • Warrant Officer of the Naval Service.
  • Two Navy Board non-executive directors.

Note: Secretariat support is provided by the Naval Staff Policy/Secretariat and Sec/1SL.


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