Index
Queen's Regulations & Admiralty Instructions

for the Government of Her Majesty's Naval Service

1953

BR 31

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By the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral

THE Regulations and Instructions contained in this volume (which are to be designated the Queens Regulations and Admiralty Instructions), for the Government of Her Majesty's Naval Service, having been established by Her Majesty's Order in Council, we do hereby require and direct you to observe and obey the same, and to take care that the several officers and others under your command also pay the most strict attention and obedience thereto.

Every officer shall make himself acquainted with and shall duly observe and obey, and so far as he is able enforce the due execution of the Naval Discipline Act or Acts in force, these Regulations and Instructions, and all other regulations, orders or instructions that may be issued by us or with our authority, and shall in all respects conform himself to the established customs and practices of Her Majesty's Service at sea.

Although for convenience of reference these Regulations and Instructions are divided into chapters, it is distinctly to be understood that every direction contained therein is to be considered as applicable to all whom it may concern, notwithstanding that it may appear in a chapter addressed to a particular class of officer.

Given under our hands this 15th day of August, 1953.

J. P. L. THOMAS ; R. MCGRIGOR ; A. MADDEN ; RALPH EDWARDS ; S. M. RAW ; E. W. ANSTICE ; G. GRANTHAM ; G. BARNARD ; ALLAN NOBLE ; S. WINGFIELD DIGBY ; J. G. LANG

To all Commanders-in-Chief, Flag Officers, Senior Naval Officers, Captains, Commanders, and Officers Commanding Her Majesty's Ships and Vessels, to the Superintendents or Officers in Charge of Her Majesty's Naval Establishments, and to all others concerned.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE USE OF THE QUEEN'S REGULATIONS AND ADMIRALTY INSTRUCTIONS

  1. When using the Queen's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions care must always be taken to refer to the latest list of amendments as explained below.
  2. Formal amendments are promulgated as Q.R. & A.I. Amendments in a " Q.R." series of Admiralty Fleet Orders, published periodically, and are indicated in the following manner:
    1. New articles or clauses are preceded by the instruction :
    2. Insert new Article (Clause) ..........as follows :
    3. Completely rewritten articles or clauses are preceded by the instruction :
    4. Cancel Article (Clause) .........and substitute :
    1. New articles or clauses are preceded by the instruction as follows: "Insert new Article (Clause) ..........as follows :
    2. Completely rewritten articles or clauses are preceded by the instruction " Cancel Article (Clause) and substitute: "
    3. Where a few minor alterations are made the article or clause is reprinted with the new text of the altered words enclosed between block triangular symbols, thus > <
    4. Deletions are indicated by printing the same symbols together, thus > <
    5. Asterisks before or after a portion of an article or appendix that is amended indicate that the preceding or following portions of the article or appendix are unaffected by the current amendment.
    6. The notations in brackets that appear after amendments shew the reference number and year of the papers on which the changes are authorised, and the number of the Q.R. & A.I Amendment issue. These reference numbers, and those at the head of chapters, are for use in Admiralty only.
  3. A cumulative list of all formal amendments, and of other Admiralty Fleet Orders that amend, amplify or define the Regulations, is published in each issue of Q.R. & A.I. Amendments.
  4. On grounds of urgency, or for special reasons, decisions affecting the Queen's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions may be published in Admiralty Fleet Orders other than the Q.R. series before their issue as formal amendments.
  5. When a chapter or appendix is the subject of numerous or extensive amendments it will be revised. Such revised chapters or appendices will bear a date of issue and will incorporate all relevant Q.R. & A.I. Amendments up to that date. The date of issue of each chapter and appendix which has been So revised will be shewn in Section II of each Q.R. Amendment List.
  6. An index to the Queen's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions is published as a separate volume and will be revised and reissued as necessary from time to time.

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Explanation of Terms

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Index


CONTENTS

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CHAPTER 1.  RANK AND COMMAND
  SECTION I. Officers in general
  II. Flag Officers and Commodores
  III. General regulations
  IV. Acting rank
  V. Ship's company
  VI. Royal Marines
  VII. Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force
CHAPTER 2. APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS
CHAPTER 3. OFFICERS-QUALIFICATIONS FOR PROMOTION (Part I)
  SECTION I. Executive
  II. Engineer
  III. Electrical
CHAPTER 4. OFFICERS-QUALIFICATIONS FOR PROMOTION (Part II)
 

SECTION I.

Supply
  II. Medical and Dental
  III. Instructor
  IV. Royal Marines
CHAPTER 5. BRANCH OFFICERS-QUALIFICATIONS FOR APPOINTMENT AND PROMOTION
 

SECTION I.

General regulations
  II. Executive
  III. Non-Executive
  IV. Royal Marines
  V. Senior Commissioned Officer and above (Branch List)
  VI. Direct promotion to Lieutenant (General List and Special List)
CHAPTER 6. OFFICERS - SPECIALISATION AND COURSES
  SECTION 1. Executive officers and general
  II. Non-Executive officers
  III. Joint service and staff courses
  IV. Interpreters
CHAPTER 7. DEFINITIONS AND COUNTING OF SERVICE
CHAPTER 8. RATINGS-CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
  SECTION I. General
  II. Engagements
  III. Transfer between branches and re-entry
  IV. Discharges
  V. Training-general
  VI. Training-Boys and Ordinary Seamen
CHAPTER 9. LEAVE OF ABSENCE
  SECTION I. General
  II. Officers
  III. Ratings
CHAPTER 10. PERSONAL RECORDS
  SECTION I. General instructions
  II. Officers
  III. Ratings
CHAPTER 11. UNIFORMS, DECORATIONS AND MEDALS
 

SECTION I.

Uniform and dress
  II. Orders, decorations and medals
  III. Foreign decorations
CHAPTER 12. CEREMONIAL (Part I)
  SECTION I. Standards and distinguishing flags
  II. Colours
  III. Flags in boats, aircraft and cars
CHAPTER 13. CEREMONIAL (Part II)
 

SECTION I.  

Military honours and marks of respect
  II. Official visits, precedence and ceremonies generally
  III. Gun salutes
  IV. Funeral honours
CHAPTER 14. MESSING AND ACCOMMODATION
  SECTION I. Messing of officers
  II. Cabins
  III. Messing of ship's company
  IV. Entertainment of visitors and passengers
  V. Official residences and married quarters
CHAPTER 15. WELFARE, CANTEENS AND NON-PUBLIC FUNDS
  SECTION I. Welfare committee and welfare generally
  II. Canteens-N.A.A.F.I.
  III. Canteens-Service system
  IV. Bookstalls, hairdressing, boot repairs, tailoring and private trading generally
  V. Subsidiary and non-public funds
CHAPTER 16. CASUALTIES
 

SECTION I.

Casualty reports-peace procedure
  II. Casualty reports-war procedure
  III. Births, deaths, injuries, inquests
  IV. Funerals and graves
  V. Wills
  VI. Disposal of pay and effects
CHAPTER 17. MOVEMENTS
  SECTION I. Travelling and subsistence
  II. Passages-general instructions
  III. Passage by transport or merchant ship
  IV. Conveyance of passengers, cargo and mails in H.M ships and Fleet Auxiliaries
  V. Air travel
  VI. Sea Transport Service
CHAPTER 18. DISCIPLINE (Part I)
  SECTION I. Jurisdiction
  II. Discipline generally
  III. Representations and complaints
  IV. Duties and privileges of chief petty officers, petty officers and leading ratings
  V. Classification for conduct
  VI. Assessment of character and " Very Good " conduct
  VII. Good conduct and good service badges
  VIII. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and gratuity
CHAPTER 19. DISCIPLINE (Part II)
  SECTION I. Misconduct of officers
  II. Misconduct of ratings
  III. Investigation of offences
  IV. Power to award summary punishments
  V. Summary punishments
CHAPTER 20. DISCIPLINE (Part III)
  SECTION I. Suspension of sentences
  II. Prisons and detention quarters
  III. Civil power
  IV. Deserters and absentees
  V. Arrest and naval custody
  VI. Record of punishments
  VII. Procedure under the Naval Forces (Enforcement of Maintenance Liabilities) Act 1947
CHAPTER 21. REGULATIONS FOR THE CONDUCT OF COURTS-MARTIAL AND DISCIPLINARY COURTS (Part I)
  SECTION I. Procedure preparatory to trial
  II. Duties of officers
  III. Constitution, summoning and sitting of the court
  IV. Procedure at the trial
  V. Ascertaining opinion of the court
  VI. The finding
CHAPTER 22. REGULATIONS FOR THE CONDUCT OF COURTS-MARTIAL AND DISCIPLINARY COURTS (Part II)
  SECTION I. The sentence
  II. Representations and reports by the court
  III. Execution of the sentence
  IV. Record of the proceedings
  V. Expenses of witnesses, interpreters, &c.
  VI. Offences of desertion, drunkenness and drinking to excess
  VII. Special directions as to evidence
  VIII. Evidence on navigational matters
  IX. Inadmissible evidence
  X. Petitions and appeals
  XI. Disciplinary Courts
CHAPTER 23. BOARDS OF INQUIRY AND NAVAL COURTS
  SECTION I. Boards of Inquiry
  II. Naval Courts
CHAPTER 24 OFFICIAL SECRETS AND PUBLICITY
CHAPTER 25. POLITICAL ACTIVITIES AND ELECTORAL REGISTRATION
  SECTION I. Political activities
  II. Electoral registration
CHAPTER 26. QUARANTINE AND CUSTOMS
  SECTION I. Quarantine
  II. Customs
CHAPTER 27. INSTRUCTIONS TO COMMANDERS-IN-CHIEF AND SENIOR OFFICERS
  SECTION I. General service
  II. Civil establishments
  III. At home ports and shore stations
CHAPTER 28. FOREIGN RELATIONS
CHAPTER 29. INSTRUCTIONS TO CAPTAINS (Part I)
  SECTION I. General
  II. Fitting out and maintenance
  III. Organisation
  IV. A.B.C.D. organisation, ventilation, watertight integrity and fire
CHAPTER 30. INSTRUCTIONS TO CAPTAINS (Part II)
  SECTION I. Armament
  II. Aviation
  III. Supply duties
  IV. Legal instructions
  V. Loss of ship
CHAPTER 31. INSTRUCTIONS TO OFFICERS
  SECTION I. Officers in general
  II. Divisional Officers
  III. Officers of the Watch
  IV. Officers of Quarters
CHAPTER 32. INSTRUCTIONS TO THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND OTHERS
  SECTION I. The Executive Officer
  II. The Master-at-Arms
  III. The Shipwright Officer
  IV. The Commissioned Boatswain
CHAPTER 33. INSTRUCTIONS TO SPECIALIST OFFICERS
  SECTION I. The Gunnery Officer
  II. The Commissioned Gunner (G)
  III. The Commissioned Gunner and Commissioned Gunner (G)
  IV. The Torpedo Anti-Submarine Officer
  V. The Commissioned Gunner (T.A.S.)
  VI. The Signal Communication Officer
  VII. The Physical Training Officer
CHAPTER 34. NAVIGATION AND DIRECTION
  SECTION I. Instructions to Navigation Direction officers
  II. General
  III. Pilotage
  IV. Collision
CHAPTER 35. REGULATIONS FOR PREVENTING COLLISIONS, AND LIGHTS FOR SMALL CRAFT
CHAPTER 36. AVIATION
  SECTION I. Instruction to Fleet Air Arm officers
  II. Special and passenger flights
  II. Aircraft Explosives
  SECTION I. Instructions to Meteorological officers
  II. General
CHAPTER 38. PHOTOGRAPHY
  SECTION I. Instructions to Photographic officers
  II. General
CHAPTER 39. ROYAL MARINES
  SECTION I. Instructions to Royal Marine officers
  II. General
  III. Royal Marines bands
  IV. Weapons and instruments
CHAPTER 40. ENGINEERING
  SECTION I. Instructions to Engineer officers on the staff
  II. Instructions to the Engineer Officer
  III. Instructions to Air Engineer officers
  IV. Instructions to the Ordnance Engineer Officer
  V. Instructions to the Commissioned Ordnance Engineer
  VI. General
  VII. Fuelling
CHAPTER 41. ELECTRICAL
  SECTION I. Instructions to Electrical officers on the staff
  II. Instructions to the Electrical Officer
  III. Instructions to Air Electrical officers
  IV. General
CHAPTER 42. MEDICAL AND DENTAL
  SECTION I. Instructions to Medical officers
  II. Instructions to Dental officers
  III. General
CHAPTER 43. EDUCATION
  SECTION I. Instructions to Instructor officers
  II. General
CHAPTER 44. RELIGIOUS MINISTRATIONS AND MARRIAGES
  SECTION I. Instructions to Chaplains
  II. Religious ministrations
  III. Marriages-general regulations
  IV. Banns of marriage
  V. Notice of marriage
  VI. Service chapels
  VII. Foreign marriages
CHAPTER 45. DUTIES OF SUPPLY OFFICERS
CHAPTER 46. PAY AND PENSIONS
  SECTION I. Pay, allowances and cash duties
  II. Retired pay, pensions, terminal grants, allowances and gratuities to officers on retirement or discharge
  III. Pensions, terminal grants, gratuities and allowances to naval ratings and other ranks, Royal Marines
CHAPTER 47. COMPENSATION FOR LOSSES
CHAPTER 48. STORES
  SECTION 1. General instructions
  II. Purchases
  III. Losses
CHAPTER 49. VICTUALLING
  SECTION 1. General instructions
  II. Victualling
  III. Clothing, soap and tobacco
CHAPTER 50. EXTRANEOUS SERVICES
  SECTION I. Work done for and supplies made to Commonwealth or foreign governments, other departments of the home government and private individuals
  II. Claims for loss of services
CHAPTER 51. PRIZE AND SALVAGE
  SECTION I. Prize money and awards for salvage and special services
  II. Salvage services-general
  III Salvage services rendered to H.M. ships
  IV. Salvage services rendered to private ships
  V. Salvage of private property
  VI. Salvage of Admiralty property
CHAPTER 52. CORRESPONDENCE AND RETURNS
  SECTION I. Correspondence
  II. Returns
CHAPTER 53. INVENTIONS, PATENTS AND IMPROVEMENT FUNDS
  SECTION I. Inventions and patents
  II. Improvement funds
CHAPTER 54. TESTS, TRIALS, SURVEYS AND MAINTENANCE OF MATERIAL (Part I)
  SECTION I. Hull and general
  II. Gunnery
  III. Underwater weapons
  IV. Minelaying and minesweeping gear
  V. Engineering
  VI. Electrical
CHAPTER 55. TESTS, TRIALS, SURVEYS AND MAINTENANCE OF MATERIAL (Part II)
  SECTION I. Radio
  II. Visual signalling equipment
  III. Anchors, chain cable, steel wire rope, slings, rigging, &c.
  IV. Cranes and lifts
  V. Boats and floats
  VI. Submarines
  VII. Articles under trial
CHAPTER 56. REPAIRS, DOCKING, DEFECTS AND ALTERATIONS
  SECTION I. Repairs and defects
  II. Docking
  III. Alterations and additions
CHAPTER 57. REDUCTION TO RESERVE
  SECTION I. General
  II. Executive
  III. Gunnery
  IV. Electrical (including radio)
  V. Torpedo anti-submarine
  VI. Engineering
  VII. Medical
  VIII. Supply and Secretariat
APPENDICES

1. OFFICERS-TRAINING AND EXAMINATIONS
Part 1. Training and Promotion of Junior Officers
Section  
I. Executive officers
II. Executive officers on short service commissions
III. Engineer officers
IV. Electrical officers
V. Supply officers
Note: For Royal Marine Officers see the Royal Marines Instructions

Part 2. Promotion from the Lower Deck to Permanent Commissioned Rank
Section  
I. Executive officers
II. Engineering Branch
III. Electrical Branch
IV. Supply Branch
V. Royal Marines (Corps commissions)
VI. Royal Marines (Direct promotion)

Part 3. Executive Officers' Specialist and Advanced Courses

Part 4. Supply and Secretariat Advanced Course

Part 5. Prizes and Testimonials
Section  
I. Awarded To Cadets
II. Awarded to Sub-Lieutenants
III. Awarded to officers of Lieutenant's rank
IV. Annual competition for naval history prizes
V. Annual examination in foreign languages
VI. Awarded to Medical officers
VII. Other prizes and testimonials
VIII. Royal United Service Institution

Part 6. Staff Courses

Section  
I. Royal Naval Staff Course
II. Attendance of Royal Marine officers at the Army Staff College

Part 7. Examination for Command of a Destroyer, Frigate, L.S.T., or Ocean Minesweeper Deleted QR 1/54

Part 8. Examinations for Branch Officer
Section  
I. Commissioned Gunner, Commissioned Gunner (T.A.S.), Commissioned Boatswain, Commissioned Boatswain (Q.D.D.) or Commissioned Boatswain (P.R.)
II. Commissioned P.T. Officer
III. Commissioned Airman
IV. Commissioned Observer
V. Commissioned Master-at-Arms
VI. Commissioned Shipwright Officer
VII. Commissioned Engineer and Commissioned Mechanician
VIII. Commissioned Air Engineer and Commissioned Air Engineer (Ordnance)
IX. Commissioned Ordnance Engineer
X. Commissioned Electrical Officer (L) (R) (AL) (AR)
XI. Commissioned Wardmaster
XII. Commissioned Writer Officer and Commissioned Stores Officer
XIII. Commissioned Cookery Officer
XIV. Commissioned Catering Officer

Part 9. Royal Marine Officers
Section  
I. Examination for promotion from Captain to Major
II. Professional examination to qualify for promotion to Lieutenant (Assistant Musical Director)

Part 10. Sea Training of Constructor Lieutenants of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors
2. EDUCATIONAL TESTS AND CERTIFICATES
  PART 1.   Educational Test I
  2. Educational Test II
  3. Higher Educational Test
  4. Royal Marines Educational Test I
  5. Royal Marines Educational Test II
  6. Educational Test for Commissioned Rank (Branch List)
3. CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, PAY, &c. OF OFFICERS IN CIVIL, COMMONWEALTH OR FOREIGN EMPLOYMENT
4. POWERS OF THE ADMIRALTY IN REGARD TO OFFICERS UNWORTHY OF FURTHER EMPLOYMENT, &c.
5. NAVAL DISCIPLINE ACT-JURISDICTION ON SHORE
6. REGULATIONS AND ORDERS MADE UNDER SECTION 90A OF THE NAVAL DISCIPLINE ACT AND SECTIONS 184A OF THE ARMY AND AIR FORCE ACTS
  PART 1. Extracts from the Acts
  2. Regulations and orders made by the Admiralty and Army Council
  3. Regulations and orders made by the Admiralty and Air Council
7. DISCIPLINE-MEMBERS OF THE LAND AND AIR FORCES EMBARKED FOR PASSAGE
  PART 1. Order in Council and Schedule
  2. Amplifying instructions issued by the Admiralty
8. INSTRUCTIONS FOR REGULATING THE DISCIPLINARY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE ROYAL NAVY AND OTHER NAVAL FORCES OF THE COMMONWEALTH
  PART 1. Australia and New Zealand
  2. Canada
9. FOREIGN ENLISTMENT ACT 1870
10. FIREARMS ACT 1937
11. PERSONAL RECORDS
  PART 1. Miscellaneous notations on and enclosures to service certificates
  2. History Sheets, Trade Certificates and Vocational Training Certificates
  3. Forms in use for personal records
12. ARMY RECORD OFFICES
13. CASUALTY TELEGRAMS
14. PRIZE AND SALVAGE
  PART 1. Form of appointment of ship's agent
  2. Orders in Council regulating distribution of prize money and salvage awards
  3. Salvage bond
  4. Statement of particulars
15. SERVICE VOTERS AT PARLIAMENTARY AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS
16. MARRIAGES
  PART 1. Form for report of officer's marriage, etc.
  2. Chapels licensed or registered under the Marriage Act 1949
  3. The Foreign Marriage Order-in-Council 1947
17. FORMS OF AGREEMENT OR INDEMNITY FOR PASSENGERS
  PART 1. Non-entitled passengers in H.M. ships
  2. Unaccompanied children in merchant ships
  3. H.M. submarines
  4. Service aircraft
  5. Royal Fleet Auxiliaries

18. DRESS AND KITS OF OFFICERS AND RATINGS ON PASSAGE

  PART 1. Plain clothes
  2. Dress on board troop transports
  3. Kits of ratings travelling in transports or other merchant vessels
19. NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
20. AUDIT OF NON-PUBLIC FUNDS
  PART 1. General instructions
  2. Guide to auditing
  3. Audit by civilian auditors
  4. Specimen cash account
  5. Specimen page of stock account
21. SPECIFICATION FOR COFFIN
22. N.A.A.F.l. AND THE NAVAL CANTEEN SERVICE
23. COMPARATIVE TABLE, SHEWING DISPOSAL OF ARTICLES IN THE 1943 EDITION OF Q.R. & A.I.
Note: The Index is issued in a separate volume-B.R. 31 (Index)

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