What is the Navy Board (UK)?

Introduction

The Navy Board is the body responsible for the day-to-day running of Her Majesty’s Naval Service.

Background

Its composition is similar to that of the Admiralty Board of the Defence Council of the United Kingdom, except that it does not include any of Her Majesty’s Ministers.

The Board shares a name with its historic predecessor, the Navy Board of 1546 to 1832, but is unrelated in structure or membership.

Membership of the Board

The composition is as follows:

  • Civilian:
    • Five civil servants.
    • Finance Director (Navy).
  • Royal Navy:
    • First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff.
    • Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.
    • Fleet Commander.
    • Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy).
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