There is no statutory restriction on the prerogative of the Crown to raise and maintain a naval force1. However, indirect control is exercised by Parliament in the granting of supplies to meet the annual expenses and in passing the annual continuation order and the quinquennial Act continuing the Armed Forces Act 2006; and conditions of enlistment and service of ratings in the Royal Navy are largely regulated by statute2. The discretion of the Crown, whether restricted by statute or otherwise, is in practice exercised by the Admiralty Board under the Defence Council3.
The personnel of Her Majesty's naval forces4 are
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