Director of Naval Construction (Royal Navy)

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The Director of Naval Construction (often shortened to D.N.C.) was the principal officer responsible to the Board of Admiralty for the design and construction of the warships of the Royal Navy. The man holding this position was initially called the Chief Naval Architect or Chief Constructor of the Navy until being renamed in 1875.[1]

From 1883 onwards he was also head of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors, the naval architects who staffed his department. With the retirement of Sir Victor Shepheard in 1958 the position was replaced with that of Director-General, Ships. D.N.C.'s modern equivalent is Director Ships in the Defence Equipment and Support organisation of the Ministry of Defence.


Assistant Directors

See Also


  1. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Friday, March 19, 1875, Issue 28267, p.5.
  2. "New Knights." The Times (London, England), Monday, June 8, 1885, Issue 31467, p.6.


  • Brown, D. K. (1984). A Century of Naval Construction: The History of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors, 1883-1983. London: Conway Maritime Press Ltd. ISBN 085177282X.