First Sea Lord

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Employment.png First Sea Lord 
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Leader ofRoyal Navy
PredecessorsSenior Naval Lord,  1689-1771,  First Naval Lord,  1771-1904
Leader of the once mighty Royal Navy.

The First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff (1SL/CNS)[1][2] is the professional head of the United Kingdom's Royal Navy and Naval Service.

Originally titled the "Senior Naval Lord to the Board of Admiralty" when the post was created in 1689, the office was re-styled "First Naval Lord" in 1771. The concept of a professional "First Naval Lord" was introduced in 1805, and the title of the office was changed to "First Sea Lord" on the appointment of Sir John Fisher in 1904. Since 1923, the First Sea Lord has been a member of the Chiefs of Staff Committee; he now sits on the Defence Council and the Admiralty Board.[3]


Office Holders on Wikispooks

Julian Oswald19891993
John Fieldhouse19821985
Louis Mountbatten18 April 195519 October 1959