Director of Naval Communications

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Director of Naval Communications was a post on the staff of the United States Navy's Chief of Naval Operations responsible for organizing, administering and operating the Naval Communications Service. In Navy parlance, this was Op-20. Created in 1916, the position replaced that of the Superintendent of the Naval Radio Service, created in 1912. The position, and the responsibilities, evolved steadily over the next several generations.

Directors of Naval Communications, 1912-1950[edit]

Evolution of Naval Communications after 1950[edit]

The Naval Communications Service was created as a subset of the Naval Communications System on 29 August 1950 by the Chief of Naval Operations, with the Director of Naval Communications overseeing this from Washington, D.C.[1] In 1959, as a result of the Committee on the Organization of the Department of the Navy (known as the Franke Report), the title of the Director of Naval Communications became the Assistant Chief of Naval Operations (Communications)/Director Naval Communications. After the reorganization of OPNAV in 1966-67 following the Benson report, the incumbent was simultaneously a member of the Chief of Naval Operations' own staff and in charge of a new independent command, the Naval Communications Command.

Directors of Naval Communications, 1950-1971[edit]

  • Rear Admiral Henry C. Bruton (dates unclear)
  • 1961-1965 Rear Admiral Bernard F. Roeder
  • 1965-1968 Rear Admiral Robert H. Weeks
  • 1968 (Mar-July) Captain Robert H. White
  • 1968-1971 Rear Admiral Francis J. Fitzpatrick

Evolution of Naval Communications after 1971[edit]

In 1971, Naval Communications Command was subordinated to a new OP-94 entity, the Director, Command Support Programs (OP-94) in March 1971, with naval communications becoming a new entity, OP-941 underneath. On 1 June 1973, the command was redesignated the Naval Telecommunications Command.

In December 1990, this was redesignated the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Command.

In 2002, this combined with several other U.S. Navy elements to form the new Naval Network Warfare Command, which in 2010 joined with several other elements to be a part of Fleet Cyber Command/United States Tenth Fleet, a component of United States Cyber Command.

Directors of Naval Communications since 1973[edit]

  • 1971-1973 Rear Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr.
  • 1973-1975 Rear Admiral Jon L. Boyes
  • 1977-1980 Rear Admiral Clyde R. Bell


  1. ^ Chief of Naval Operations Serial 228P20, 29 August 1950.