Warrant Officer to the Royal Navy

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Warrant Officer to the Royal Navy
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Ensign of the Royal Navy
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WO1 Carl Steedman

since January 2020
Ministry of Defence
StyleWarrant Officer
Reports toNavy Command
NominatorSecond Sea Lord
AppointerNavy Board
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–4 years)
PrecursorSecond Sea Lord's Command Warrant Officer

The Warrant Officer to the Royal Navy (WORN) (previously known as the Warrant Officer of the Naval Service) is the most senior warrant officer and rating 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 Sailors and Marines and the Senior Navy leadership.[1]

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 they may carry a ceremonial cane, made out of wood from HMS Victory.[3][4]


No. Portrait Name Took office Left office Time in office Ref
Terry Casey MBE
Casey, TerryTerry Casey MBEJuly 2010December 20133 years, 5 months.
Steve Cass
Cass, SteveSteve CassDecember 201317 March 20173 years, 3 months[5]
Nicholas Sharland MBE
Sharland, NicholasNicholas Sharland MBE17 March 2017February 20202 years, 11 months[6][7]
Carl Steedman
Steedman, CarlCarl Steedman
(born 1973)
31 January 2020Incumbent2 years, 11 months[8][9]

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. 3.0 3.1 "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.
  7. First Sea Lord [@AdmTonyRadakin] (31 January 2020). "Today, WO Nick Sharland officially stood down from his duties as Warrant Officer of the Naval Service. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve with him. Fair winds and following seas, Nick, and thank you for all that you have done" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. @SEAC_Defence (30 January 2020). "Congratulations to the newly appointed Warrant Officer of the Naval Service @WOCarlSteedman . And welcome to the world of Twitter! Give him a follow, I look forward to regular sea stories and shenanigans from the @RoyalNavy" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. First Sea Lord [@AdmTonyRadakin] (31 January 2020). "But as one WONS steps down, another steps up. Welcome to WO Carl "Speedy" Steedman, who takes up the role from today. Looking forward to working with him. Please do follow him on Twitter @WOCarlSteedman" (Tweet) – via Twitter.