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.[1]

Warrant Officer of the Naval Service
Ensign of the Royal Navy
WO Nicholas Sharland

since 17 March 2017
Ministry of Defence
StyleWarrant Officer
Reports toNavy Command
NominatorSecond Sea Lord
AppointerNavy Board
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–4 years)
First holderTerry Casey

The post was created in 2010, replacing the post of Second Sea Lord's Command Warrant Officer.[2]


A Command Warrant Officer Badge is worn on the left breast of their uniform during the period of the appointment.[3]

For ceremonial occasions[3] they may carry the Ceremonial Cane, made out of wood from HMS Victory.[4]


No. NameTook officeLeft officeTime in officeRef
Casey, TerryTerry Casey MBEJuly 2010December 20133 years, 5 months.
Cass, SteveSteve CassDecember 201317 March 20173 years, 3 months[5]
Sharland, NicholasNicholas Sharland17 March 2017Incumbent2 years, 8 months[6]

See also


  1. "Chapter 20" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  2. "WONS and for all". Navy News: 36. November 2010.
  3. "DETAILS OF RANK/RATE AND OTHER DISTINGUISHING INSIGNIA" (PDF): 39–9. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. "Warrant Officer in a class of his own". Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  5. "New man takes over as top warrant officer". Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  6. 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.
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