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The views expressed in the journal are wholly those of the individual author’s that may well diverge from, and should not be considered as reflecting those of, the Naval Service, the Ministry of Defence, Her Majesty’s Government or any organisation the author might declare association with.

In order to encourage freedom of discussion and criticism, and ensure that diffidence arising from lack of seniority or inexperience of writing for this publication shall not discourage participation, original contributions may be anonymous or under a nom de plume – the identity of such writers being known only to the Editor. However, all identities may be revealed, at the Editor’s discretion, to bona-fide historians and researchers either subsequent to the death of an author, if an author specifically permits such identification, or after the elapse of 30 years from the time of first publication of their article.

For the same reason, and also in order that the freedom of discussion provided by The Naval Review shall not constitute a contravention of Service policy concerning contributions to the public Press, it is necessary to confine the circulation of The Naval Review to its members.

Members are therefore requested to take appropriate care of their copies, that they will not allow them or their contents to be communicated to any persons not eligible for membership or to the Press; and that they will take every precaution against their copies being available or used for any political or propagandist purpose. Similar precautions also apply to the content of, and access to, the private Members’ pages of The Naval Review website (

The Naval Review journal is issued quarterly with only sufficient copies being printed for circulation to members – an electronic, fully researchable, version will be added to The Naval Review on-line archive. A guide to writing for The Naval Review will be periodically published separately in the journal and posted on the Review’s website. Each edition of the journal will promulgate the dates by which articles and correspondence should be submitted in the year ahead.

Security, Style and Copyright

In submitting material, authors grant The Naval Review an automatic and simultaneous, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive, irrevocable, fully sub-licensable and transferable licence to use, record, sell, lease, reproduce, create derivative work from, alter, change and otherwise exploit, the content in whole or in part.

Although responsibility for what is published in The Naval Review rests with the Editor, in submitting material authors also implicitly vouch for their compliance with the law in respect of copyright, security, libel, obscenity, all forms of discrimination as defined by the equalities act 2010 and sedition.

All published material, unless otherwise stated, remains the copyright of The Naval Review. No part of this publication, or associated website, may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical (including photocopying, recording or by any information storage or retrieval system), without prior permission from the Editor in writing.
Noting its charitable status as a journal sustained only by membership subscription, The Naval Review makes no payment for contributions but might, by exception, consider specific costs of research, production or postage, if necessary, to promote members’ interests.

Access to the on-line Naval Review archive is unrestricted to all individual, but not corporate, members. Time-limited access to the archive is open to researchers and historians after ten years from an article’s original publishing date for a small administration charge. In addition, at that ten-year point, the above request to restrict access to the printed journal to those eligible members lapses and, if desired, such old issues might be sold or donated as a member sees fit.

Membership & Eligibility

The following are eligible for membership: officers and ratings, active, reservist or retired, of the Armed Forces of the Crown and the Commonwealth; also members of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors, and officers and ratings of the RMAS and RFA Service; and civil servants who hold or have held appointments in the Naval Commands, or appointments with a naval connection across the UK Ministry of Defence and associated organisations; and officers and ratings, active or retired, of the Armed Forces of NATO nations with which the United Kingdom has strong military connections. The Editor can admit other persons with demonstrable interest in the Royal Navy. Membership applications can be made following the link at the bottom of this page.

Membership Subscription Rates

The Naval Review Board of Trustees recognise that many prospective members prefer to read journals, papers, essays etc. via digital media rather than the printed word. In line with the Chairman’s ‘NR Evolution & Succession’ note published in the last edition of this journal (NR108/4 p601), the Trustees, from 1 May 2021, have introduced digital only membership rates in addition to the existing ‘Print and Digital’ rate. A digital only member will have full access to all online NR material (including the journal). The only difference from print and digital members will be they will not receive a hardcopy version of the journal. The subscription rates below reflect that difference.

In addition, the Board of Trustees has decided to offer some introductory rates (shown below) to encourage new members, building on the introductory offer already in place for those passing out of BRNC and CTCRM. The Review’s purpose can only be sustained by encouraging young new members to the fold. It is hoped these changes to subscription will now entice those whose lives revolve more around their smartphones than any books. I would be grateful if all existing members would promote these offers where they are able.

Summary of standard membership subscriptions from 1 Jun 2023:

  • Full Individual Membership (Print & Digital) £55 per annum.
  • Full Individual Membership (Digital Only) £35 per annum.
  • Full Individual Membership (Print & Digital) (SLt and below) £27.50 per annum.
  • Full Individual Membership (Digital Only) (SLt and below) £17.50 per annum.
  • Corporate Membership (Print only) on application to the Secretary Treasurer

Payment Under Gift Aid By signing a Gift Aid Declaration.

A member can substantially benefit the finances of The Naval Review at no cost to that member. The declaration (provided with the membership enrolment forms) enables The Naval Review to recover the tax on a £55 annual subscription (for someone paying on the lower rate of income tax) £13.75 in Gift Aid (i.e. making a £55 annual subscription worth £68.75 to the NR. Accordingly, all members who pay UK income tax are actively encouraged to complete a Gift Aid Declaration on application for membership.

For those existing members who haven’t yet signed such a declaration, they are equally encouraged to submit a signed declaration to the Secretary Treasurer. Clearly the amount of Gift Aid received will have an impact on future subscription rates. Please note that Members who themselves claim tax relief on their subscription as a professional expense under Schedule E, Section 192 of the Corporation Taxes Act 1970 may not make a Gift Aid Declaration.

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