Chief of Naval Operations
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It is a purely administrative office and such an officer does not exercise command over naval operating forces. However, the Chief of Naval Operations is also dual-hatted as Commander-in-Chief Fleet (CINCFLEET), and in this capacity, presides over the Navy's primary combatant command with authority over the Fleet's vast array of warships and small craft. The CNO is the Navy representative to the UNSC Security Council at HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6 in Sydney, Australia; the Commander-in-Chief of the Office of Naval Intelligence (CINCONI) who leads the UNSC's intelligence service, despite being a subordinate command of the Navy, sits on the council in an equal capacity.
The Deputy Chief of Naval Operations serves as one of the CNO's main staff officers.
Chief of Naval Operations was a title first observed in use by the United States Navy in 1915, and later modified by the United States Space Force as the Chief of Space Operations in 2019, with the office continues in the same capacity with the United Nations Space Command. The British Royal Navy maintained the position of Commander-in-Chief Fleet from 1971 to 2012.
Lord Terrence Hood assumed his duties as Chief of Naval Operations/Commander-in-Chief Fleet sometime before September 4, 2552. During his tenure as CNO/CINCFLEET, Lord Hood has served concurrently in vital posts during the Human-Covenant War's final year and in the years following, as Commander, Home Fleet during the Battle of Earth and as one of President Ruth Charet's main diplomatic envoys to the war-ravaged colonies and to the former Covenant.
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