|General Counsel of the Navy|
|Department of the Navy|
Office of the Secretary
(formal address in writing)
|Reports to||Secretary of the Navy|
Under Secretary of the Navy
|Seat||The Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, United States|
|Nominator||The President with Senate advice and consent|
|Term length||No fixed term|
|Constituting instrument||10 U.S.C. § 8019|
|Precursor||Solicitor General of the Navy|
|First holder||H. Struve Hensel|
|Succession||18th in SecDef succession by seniority of appointment|
|Deputy||Principal Deputy General Counsel|
|Salary||Executive Schedule, level IV|
The General Counsel of the Department of the Navy is the senior civilian lawyer in the U.S. Department of the Navy and is the senior legal adviser to the Secretary of the Navy. The Office of the General Counsel of the Navy provides legal advice to the Secretary, the Under Secretary of the Navy and the various Assistant Secretaries of the Navy and their staffs. The General Counsel of the Navy is the third highest-ranking civilian office in the Department of the Navy, behind the Secretary and Under Secretary of the Navy.
The General Counsel maintains a close working relationship with the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, the senior uniformed lawyer in the Department of the Navy who performs statutory duties under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
The General Counsel manages nearly 650 attorneys worldwide, helps to oversee the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and advises senior Navy and Marine Corps officials on litigation, acquisition, contractual, fiscal, environmental, property, personnel, legislative, ethics, and intelligence law issues.
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- "Home - SECRETARY OF THE NAVY" (PDF). www.secnav.navy.mil. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
- 5 U.S.C. § 5315
- History of the Office of General Counsel of the Navy