Warrant Officer of the Naval Service
The Warrant Officer of the Naval Service (WONS) is the most senior warrant officer of the Royal Navy. The person holding this appointment's main responsibility is to act as a channel between the non commissioned ranks and Senior Naval officers, enabling communication between the ratings and Navy leadership.
|Warrant Officer of the Naval Service|
Ensign of the Royal Navy
|Ministry of Defence|
|Reports to||Navy Command|
|Nominator||Second Sea Lord|
|Term length||Not fixed (typically 1–4 years)|
|First holder||Terry Casey|
The post was created in 2010, replacing the post of Second Sea Lord's Command Warrant Officer.
For ceremonial occasions they may carry the Ceremonial Cane, made out of wood from HMS Victory.
|No.||Name||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Ref|
|1||Terry Casey||July 2010||December 2013||3 years, 5 months||.|
|2||Steve Cass||December 2013||17 March 2017||3 years, 3 months|
|3||Nicholas Sharland||17 March 2017||Incumbent||2 years, 8 months|
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- First Sea Lord [@AdmPhilipJones] (16 March 2017). "Good to talk with WO Sharland, who tomorrow becomes Warrant Officer of the Naval Service -a key link between my top team & frontline Navy" (Tweet) – via Twitter.