General Counsel of the Navy
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.
|General Counsel of the Department of the Navy|
Seal of the Office of the General Counsel
Flag of the General Counsel and the Assistant Secretaries of the Navy
|Department of the Navy|
Office of the Secretary
|Reports to||Secretary of the Navy|
Under Secretary of the Navy
|Seat||The Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, United States|
with Senate advice and consent
|Term length||No fixed term|
|Constituting instrument||10 U.S.C. § 5019|
|Precursor||Solicitor General of the Navy|
|First holder||H. Struve Hensel|
|Deputy||Principal Deputy General Counsel|
|Salary||Executive Schedule, level IV|
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.