Printed routine orders issued to ships and establishments for information, guidance and action.
The orders cover matters of general interest or requiring wide circulation, including technical, administrative and disciplinary regulations, and official instructions and information. The 'P' series contains only amendments to Confidential Books.
In 1964 the orders were replaced by those in DEFE 45
In 1909 a series of Admiralty Weekly Orders were instituted to supplement the circular letters. In July 1914 the latter were discontinued and new series of Admiralty Weekly and Monthly Orders were established, the latter including Confidential Monthly Orders. Orders in each of these series were numbered consecutively each year. These in turn were replaced in May 1921 by two series of Admiralty Fleet Orders and Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders, which were similarly arranged. In 1951 a third series of Limited Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders was introduced. All volumes contain tables of contents and some indexes as noted in the catalogue. On the absorption of the Admiralty, War Office and Air Ministry into the Ministry of Defence in April 1964 Admiralty Fleet Orders were replaced by Defence Council Instructions (RN).
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