Second Sea Lord

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The Chief of Naval Personnel & Training and Second Sea Lord, commonly just known as the Second Sea Lord (2SL), is one of the most senior admirals of the British Royal Navy after the First Sea Lord and the Fleet Commander (until 2012, the Commander-in-Chief Fleet), and is responsible for personnel and naval shore establishments.


In 1805, for the first time, specific functions were assigned to each of the 'Naval' Lords, who were described as 'Professional' Lords, leaving to the 'Civil' Lords the routine business of signing documents.[1] The Second Naval Lord was the second most senior Naval Lord on the Board of Admiralty and as Chief of Naval Personnel was responsible for handling all personnel matters for the Royal Navy.

The post of Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command was created on 1 July 1969 as a result of the merger of the posts of Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth and Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth.[2]

The posts of Second Sea Lord and the Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command (CINCNAVHOME) were amalgamated in 1994 following the rationalisation of the British Armed Forces following the end of the Cold War.[3]

2SL is based in Portsmouth in a combined headquarters with the Fleet Commander on Whale Island.[4] Until October 2012 he flew his flag in HMS Victory, the world's oldest commissioned warship, which is preserved in dry dock in Portsmouth.[5] The right to use HMS Victory as a flagship came from his position as CINCNAVHOME, who in turn acquired it from the Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth, but from October 2012 the First Sea Lord transferred his flag to Victory.

Second Naval Lords, 1830–1904[edit]

Second Naval Lords include:[6]

Second Sea Lords, 1904–1995[edit]

Second Sea Lords include:[6]

Second Sea Lords and Commanders-in-Chief Naval Home Command since 1995[edit]

Second Sea Lords and Commanders-in-Chief include:[6]

Chiefs of Naval Personnel & Training and Second Sea Lords since 2012[edit]

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