General Board of The United States Navy - Dissolution

Dissolution

In its beginning years, the General Board of the United States Navy was effectively a naval general staff, but started to lose its influence with the creation of the Chief of Naval Operations. "The creation of the office of Chief of Naval Operations in 1915 reduced some of the importance of the board, but even until the beginning of World War II some of the most senior admirals on the active list and some very experienced retired admirals were assigned to the General Board... During the latter years of its life - particularly since, the establishment of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Unification Act - the General Board was put to less and less use." The board was inactivated by order of Chief of Naval Operations Forrest Sherman in April 1951 and abolished the following month.

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