Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (United Kingdom)
|Vice Chief of the Naval Staff|
Ensign of the Royal Navy
|Department of the Admiralty, Ministry of Defence|
|Member of||Board of Admiralty, Admiralty Board|
|Reports to||Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff|
|Nominator||First lord of the Admiralty, Secretary of State for Defence|
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
|Term length||Not fixed (typically 2–3 years)|
|First holder||Sir Henry Moore|
|Final holder||Sir Peter Stanford|
The Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (V.C.N.S.)  was a senior appointment in the Royal Navy usually a three-star rank and had a NATO ranking code of OF-8 that existed from 1941 to 1985 and was a member of the Admiralty Naval Staff.
In October 1941 the post of Vice-Chief of the Naval Staff was created when the Admiralty abolished the title of Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff in line with changes that were also taking place within the army and air force. It was essentially the same role as the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff: the post holder initially was the operational head of the Royal Navy and reported directly to the First Sea Lord.
In 1946 the office of the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff was revived and the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff from that point reported to the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff.
Following internal re-structuring within the Ministry of Defence the position of Vice Chief of the Naval Staff was abolished in 1985.
|No.||Chief-of-Staff||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Ref|
Sir Henry Ruthven Moore
|21 October 1941||7 June 1943||1 year, 7 months|||
Sir Edward Neville Syfret
|8 June 1943||October 1945||2 years, 3 months|||
Sir Rhoderick McGrigor
|October 1945||October 1947||2 years|||
Sir John Edelsten
|October 1947||November 1949||2 years, 1 month|||
Sir George Creasy
|November 1949||October 1951||1 year, 11 months|||
Sir Guy Grantham
|October 1951||April 1954||2 years, 6 months|||
Sir William Davis
|April 1954||May 1957||3 years, 1 month|||
Sir Caspar John
|May 1957||February 1960||2 years, 9 months|||
Sir Walter Couchman
|February 1960||November 1960||9 months|||
Sir Varyl Begg
|January 1961||February 1963||2 years, 1 month|||
Sir John Frewen
|February 1963||April 1965||2 years, 2 months|||
Sir John Bush
|April 1965||August 1967||2 years, 4 months|||
Sir Peter Hill-Norton
|August 1967||December 1968||1 year, 4 months|||
Sir Edward Ashmore
|December 1968||January 1971||2 years, 1 month|||
Sir Terence Lewin
|January 1971||October 1973||2 years, 9 months|||
Sir John Treacher
|October 1973||April 1975||1 year, 6 months|||
Sir Raymond Lygo
|April 1975||January 1978||2 years, 9 months|||
Sir Anthony Morton
|January 1978||July 1980||2 years, 6 months|||
Sir William Staveley
|July 1980||October 1982||2 years, 3 months|||
Sir Peter Stanford
|October 1982||October 1985||3 years|||
- Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff
- Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff
- First Sea Lord
- Second Sea Lord
- Third Sea Lord
- Fourth Sea Lord
- Fifth Sea Lord
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