First Sea Lord (Baustralia)

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First Sea Lord and
Chief of the Naval Staff
Badge of His Royal Navy
Command pennant of an Admiral
Admiral Lord Mayjames

since 21 October 2022
His Royal Navy
Formation12 March 2018
First holderAdm. Lord John Timpson

The First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff (1SL/CNS; French: Premier Seigneur de la Mer et Chef d'État Major de la marine) is the professional head, and the second most senior officer of His Royal Navy. The current First Sea Lord is Admiral Sir Nick Sullivan. By military protocol, the title used in international contexts is First Sea Lord of Baustralia.

Order of precedence

Defence Council
Preceded by
Chief of the Defence Staff
Chief of the Naval Staff Succeeded by
Chief of the General Staff
Preceded by
Lord High Admiral
First Sea Lord Succeeded by
Second Sea Lord

Rank insignia

The rank insignia of a First Sea Lord is of an Admiral.

NATO Code OF-9

1st Sea Lords

Year Sovereign Year Sea Lord
1st Sea Lord
2017 – John 12 March 2018 – 9 May 2021 Admiral Lord John Timpson
9 May 2021 – 21 October 2022 Admiral Sir Nick Sullivan
21 October 2022 – Admiral Lord Mayjames