Gunnery and Torpedo Division (Royal Navy)

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Gunnery and Torpedo Division
United Kingdom
Division overview
Formed 1918
Preceding Division
Dissolved 1920
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Government of the United Kingdom
Headquarters Admiralty Building
Whitehall
London
Parent department Admiralty Naval Staff

The Gunnery and Torpedo Division [1] was the former weapons policy making, development and requirements [2] Directorate of the Admiralty Naval Staff from 1918-1920.

History[edit]

The Gunnery and Torpedo Division was established on the 27th June 1918 [3] it evolved out of the Directorate of Artillery and Torpedoes of the Naval Ordnance Department of the Admiralty and was staff division of the Admiralty Naval Staff department. It existed for only two years until April 1920 when it was split into two separate divisions one specialising solely in Gunnery and the other Torpedo.

Responsibilities[edit]

The division was responsible for devising and implementing general system of gunnery and torpedo exercises of the Fleet, in addition to the gunnery and torpedo training of all officers and men, whilst in liaison with the Director of Training, among its other functions was the training of all personnel in the use of new or existing tactical weapons. It also had to anticipate and plan contingency for any changes in material, in order facilitate new training program's,[4] the division was also responsible for the formulation of requirements of technical gunnery training and for training in the use of gunnery weapons, smoke, gas and counter measures carried out at the training establishments.[5] It was also primarily responsible for assessing and advising on all naval weapons requirements.

Directors duties[edit]

As of June 1918:[6]

  • Principles and methods of conducting Gunnery and Torpedo practices, including preparation of reports and returns on results, as directed from time to time.
  • The use of all Naval Ordnance & Torpedo materiel afloat and ashore, including the expenditure to be allowed for practice & the allowances of Service Ammunition of each type.
  • The general direction in which Naval Ordnance, torpedoes, and control equipments require to be developed, in regard to the employment of the weapons in War.
  • The most suitable gun and torpedo armament, and protection of all types of vessels & the types and numbers of each type of Projectiles to be carried.
  • The Gunnery and Torpedo training of all officers and men, and Gunnery and Torpedo Text-books connected therewith, in conjunction with the Director of Training, advising Second Sea Lord as necessary.
  • The D.N.A. & T. will be at liberty to communicate direct with Flag Officers on Gunnery and Torpedo questions of a nature which does not involve Board decision

Directors[edit]

Included:[7]
Directors of Naval Artillery and Torpedoes

Assistant directors[edit]

Included:[8]
Assistant Directors of Naval Artillery and Torpedoes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooks, John (Aug 2, 2004). Dreadnought Gunnery and the Battle of Jutland: The Question of Fire Control. Routledge. p. 169. ISBN 9781135765545. 
  2. ^ Friedman, Norman (Jan 24, 2011). British Cruisers: Two World Wars and After. Seaforth Publishing. p. 15. ISBN 9781848320789. 
  3. ^ Marder, Arthur J. (Jun 13, 2014). From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow: Volume V Victory and Aftermath January 1918-June 1919. Seaforth Publishing. p. 8. ISBN 9781848322035. 
  4. ^ Archives, The National. "Naval Staff Divisions - Part of "Instructions for Naval Staff.". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. The National Archives, 1917-1921 ADM 116/1803. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Archives, The National. "Naval Staff Divisions - Part of "Instructions for Naval Staff.". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. The National Archives, 1917-1921 ADM 116/1803. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Archives, The National. "Naval Staff Divisions - Reorganisation, Enclosure to Office Memorandum No. 190 of 27 June, 1918". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. National Archives, 1917-1921, ADM 116/1803. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Mackie, Colin. "Senior Royal Navy Appointments from 1865" (PDF). gulabin.com. Gulabin, p.49, January 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "British Military lists : Navy lists,1913 to 1921, 1944-1945". digital.nls.uk. National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 

Attribution[edit]

Primary source for this article is by Harley Simon, Lovell Tony, (2017), Gunnery and Torpedo Division (Royal Navy), dreadnoughtproject.org, http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org.

Sources[edit]

  • Archives, The National. "Records of Naval Staff Departments", discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. National Archives, 1912-1964.
  • Black, Nicholas (2009). The British Naval Staff in the First World War. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press. ISBN 9781843834427.
  • Brooks, John (2004). Dreadnought Gunnery and the Battle of Jutland: The Question of Fire Control. Routledge. ISBN 9781135765545.
  • Hamilton C. I. (2011) The Making of the Modern Admiralty: British Naval Policy-Making, 1805–1927, Cambridge Military Histories, CUP, ISBN 9781139496544.
  • Rodger. N.A.M., (1979) The Admiralty (offices of state), T. Dalton, Lavenham, ISBN 978-0900963940.

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