About the
Naval Review

In 1912 a group of Royal Navy officers started a Naval Society for correspondence on professional matters. In February 1913 they published the first issue of a new quarterly journal, The Naval Review. The officers were: Admiral W H Henderson (Honorary Editor), Lieutenant R M Bellairs RN, Commander K G B Dewar RN, Lieutenant T Fisher RN, Captain E W Harding RM, Commander the Hon R A R Plunkett RN, Captain H W Richmond RN, and Lieutenant H G Thursfield RN.

Churchill had set up the Naval War Staff in 1912 and there was official resistance to the new society. Indeed, shortly after the outbreak of World War I, the Admiralty ordered The Naval Review to stop publication in the interest of national security. Admiral Henderson concurred but continued to collect material and at the end of the war published The Naval Review, year by year, as it would have appeared if there had been no Admiralty embargo. Since 1919 The Naval Review has been published continuously. In World War II there was no censorship, and the regular “Notes on the War at Sea” and “Diary of the War at Sea” are important records of naval events during World War II.

Since 1912 the editors have all been distinguished Royal Naval officers:

Admiral W H Henderson1913 – February 1931
Admiral Sir Richard Webb KCMG CBMay 1931 – November 1949
Admiral Sir Gerald C Dickens KCVOMay 1950 – February 1954
Vice Admiral Sir Aubrey Mansergh KBE CB DSCAugust 1954 – July 1972
Vice Admiral Sir Ian McGeoch KCB DSO DSCOctober 1972 – July 1979
Rear Admiral John Nunn CBEOctober 1979 – July 1983
Rear Admiral Richard HillOctober 1983 – October 2002
Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham KCBJanuary 2003 – July 2017
Rear Admiral Bruce Williams CBJuly 2017 –

After over a century The Naval Review continues to represent the concerns and interests of its members who are significantly drawn from serving personnel in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Consequently circulation is limited to the membership.