The Armed Forces (Naval Chaplains) Regulations 2009

Lawful commands

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5.  (1)  In relation to a naval chaplain who is neither a principal chaplain nor the Chaplain of the Fleet, references in section 12 (disobedience to lawful commands) to a command are to a command given by—

(a)an officer not below the rank of naval captain, colonel or group captain;

(b)the chaplain’s commanding officer; or

(c)an officer in the exercise of functions delegated to him by the chaplain’s commanding officer.

(2) In relation to a naval chaplain who is a principal chaplain, those references are to a command given by—

(a)an officer not below the rank of rear admiral, major-general or air vice-marshal;

(b)the chaplain’s commanding officer; or

(c)an officer in the exercise of functions delegated to him by the chaplain’s commanding officer.

(3) Section 12 does not apply in relation to the Chaplain of the Fleet.

(4) Where, by virtue of this regulation, a naval chaplain’s disobedience to a command is not an offence under section 12, it is not, without more, an offence under section 15 (failure to attend for or perform duty etc) or 19 (conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline).