Rear Admiral Reginald Custance: Director of Naval Intelligence 1899–1902

By Matthew Allen, published February 1992


Admiral Sir Reginald Neville Custance was a naval officer pushing for change before the reforms of Admiral Sir John Fisher. Although Custance was later to reach higher ranking positions, his most influential appointment was as Director of Naval Intelligence from March 1899 to November 1902. Under his leadership his department was to grow in stature from being merely an intelligence-gathering agency to one dealing also with strategy and plans of campaign.

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Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Biography | Shipbuilding & Design | Strategy & Diplomacy

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