Royal Navy Chaplaincy Service

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The Royal Navy Chaplaincy Service provides chaplains to the Royal Navy. The chaplains are commissioned by the Sovereign but do not hold military rank other than that of "Chaplain Royal Navy". They are usually addressed as Padre, Reverend or more informally Bish. Chaplains are recruited from a number of Christian denominations.

The senior chaplain in the Royal Navy is currently Ian Wheatley. Wheatley, an Anglican priest, is also the Archdeacon for the Royal Navy. He took over from Scott Brown who retired after 22 years service.[1]

Training[edit]

Chaplains undergo training at Britannia Royal Naval College alongside other Royal Navy officer cadets. After completing the course they may opt to earn their "Dolphins" and serve in the Submarine Service or the green beret (upon completion of the All Arms Commando Course) and serve with the Royal Marines.

Chaplains of the Fleet[edit]

The role of Chaplain of the Fleet, being Head of the Naval Chaplains, was established on 13 May 1859, and was originally attached to the role of Senior Chaplain at Greenwich Hospital[2] and was also the Inspector of Naval Schools. When an Anglican priest serves as the Chaplain of the Fleet (as was always the case until 1998), the chaplain is also the Archdeacon for the Royal Navy; otherwise, the archdiaconal title belongs to the slightly junior principal Anglican chaplain.
Service on the battleship HMS Cumberland, November 1942

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  31. ^ a b ‘GOLDING, Ven. Simon Jefferies’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 accessed 25 November 2012
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  33. ^ Royal Navy – Chaplain of the Fleet (Retrieved 7 June 2012)
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Further reading[edit]

  • Bergen, Doris. L., (ed), 2004. The Sword of the Lord: Military Chaplains from the First to the Twenty-First Century. University of Notre Dame Press ISBN 0-268-02176-7

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