Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy

The Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy (CHC) is the Senior Chaplain in the Navy, the Head of the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps, and the Director of Religious Ministry Support for the Department of the Navy.[1] He or she advises the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard "on all matters pertaining to religion within the Navy, United States Marine Corps, and United States Coast Guard."[2]

Chief of Chaplains of the
United States Navy
RADM Brent W. Scott

since July 23, 2018
FormationNovember 5, 1917
First holderCAPT John B. Frazier
WebsiteOfficial Website

The position was created in 1917 to "provide a system of appointing qualified and professional chaplains that meet the needs of the Navy".[3][4] The current CCHN is Rear Admiral Brent W. Scott. The previous CCHN was Rear Adm. Margaret G. Kibben, the first woman to hold this office.

U.S. Navy Chiefs of Chaplains

NamePhotoTerm beganTerm ended
1.CAPT John B. FrazierNovember 5, 1917November 1921
2.CAPT Evan W. ScottNovember 1921July 1926
3.CAPT Curtis H. DickinsJuly 1926July 1929
4.CAPT Sidney K. EvansJuly 1929July 1935
5.CAPT Edward A. DuffJuly 1935July 1937
6.CAPT Robert D. WorkmanJuly 1937July 1945
7.RADM William N. ThomasJuly 1945September 1949
8.RADM Staton W. SalisburySeptember 1949February 1953
9.RADM Edward B. Harp, Jr.February 1953June 1958
10.RADM George A. RossoJune 1958July 1962
11.RADM Joseph F. DreithJuly 1962July 1965
12.RADM James W. KellyJuly 1965July 1970
13.RADM Francis L. GarrettJuly 1970July 1975
14.RADM John J. O'ConnorJuly 1975May 1979
15.RADM Ross H. TrowerMay 1979August 1983
16.RADM Neil M. Stevenson[5]August 1983August 1985
17.RADM John R. McNamaraAugust 1985June 1988
18.RADM Alvin B. KoenemanJune 1988August 1991
19.RADM David E. WhiteAugust 1991August 1994
20.RADM Donald K. MuchowAugust 1994August 1997
21.RADM A. Byron Holderby, Jr.August 1997August 2000
22.RADM Barry C. Black[6]August 2000August 15, 2003
23.RADM Louis V. IasielloAugust 16, 2003June 22, 2006
24.RADM Robert F. BurtJune 23, 2006August 26, 2010
25.RADM Mark L. TiddAugust 27, 2010August 1, 2014
26.RADM Margaret G. KibbenAugust 2, 2014July 22, 2018
27.RADM Brent W. ScottJuly 23, 2018Incumbent

Chief of Chaplains hallway

A hallway to honor former Chiefs of Navy Chaplain Corps was dedicated at the Navy Annex, in Arlington, Va., in 2004. Five former Chiefs of Chaplains were present at the dedication ceremony, including Barry C. Black, Alvin B. Koeneman, Neil M. Stevenson, Ross H. Trower, and David F. White.[7]

See also


  1. SECNAVINST 1730.1B Archived 2012-03-17 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved May 13, 2011.
  2. OPNAVINST 1730.1D Archived 2011-08-14 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved May 12, 2011.
  3. Navy Chiefs of Chaplains Roster List. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  4. "Ceremony Establishes Naval Chaplains School", (USN official website), 4/17/2007. By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) John Osborne, Naval Personnel Development Command Public Affairs. Retrieved 2010-08-18.
  5. Stevenson died November 21, 2009, in Williamsburg, Va. He was deputy chief of chaplains from 1980 to 1983. "Former Navy Chief of Chaplains Dies", (USN official website), 11/25/2009. By Capt. Greg Caiazzo, Chaplain Corps Public Affairs. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
  6. He is currently serving as Chaplain of the United States Senate. "Barry C. Black - Chaplain". United States Senate website. Retrieved 2010-08-18.
  7. Navy News Service – Eye on the Fleet, (USN official website), April 26, 2004. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
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