Fourth Sea Lord

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The Fourth Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Supplies was formerly one of the Naval Lords and members of the Board of Admiralty which controlled the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom.


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 Fourth Sea Lord as Chief of Naval Supplies was responsible for supplying the navy, and his responsibilities included transport, victualling (supplying food), and medical services.[2]

The post of Fourth Sea Lord was abolished in 1965.[3] The modern equivalent is titled the "Naval Member for Logistics", who is responsible for the logistical support and the supply chain of the navy.[4]

Fourth Naval Lords 1830–1868[edit]

Fourth Naval Lords include:[1]

Junior Naval Lords 1868-1904[edit]

Junior Naval Lords include:[5]

Fourth Sea Lords 1904–1964[edit]

Fourth Sea Lords include:[5]

Chiefs of Fleet Support 1964–2007[edit]

Chiefs of Fleet Support include:[5]

Chiefs of Materiel (Fleet) 2007 – present[edit]

Chiefs of Materiel (Fleet) include:[5]


See also[edit]