New chaplain of the fleet appointed

A minister from Portsmouth has been selected for the most senior chaplaincy post in the Royal Navy.

The Reverend Scott Brown is currently responsible for all operational chaplaincy in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

But from November 1 he will take up the historic office of The Chaplain of the Fleet and Director General Naval Chaplaincy Service, succeeding the Venerable John Green.

The 42-year-old said: 'I am deeply honoured to be asked to lead the Naval Chaplaincy Service for the next three years.

'The spiritual and pastoral care of the men and women of the naval service, and their families, is vitally important, and I look forward to working with the Kirk and other denominations in that task.

'Men and women from the naval service are today putting themselves in harm's way on operations, on land and at sea, in various parts of the world.

'Their chaplains will be with them, ministering to them wherever they are. It is my privilege to lead such a dedicated and effective team and I look forward to the challenge immensely.'

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