noun

  • A naval officer serving with an embassy or attached as an observer to a foreign navy.

    ‘he served as a naval attaché in Washington’
    • ‘At the time, he was stationed at the Swedish Embassy in the British capital as a naval attaché.’
    • ‘A courtesy invitation in to the naval attaché to come aboard and enjoy a drink had a very specific objective.’
    • ‘During the Spanish-American War, he served as naval attaché in Paris, organizing espionage to report Spanish ship movements.’
    • ‘He arrived in the United States to begin a three-year stint as a naval attaché to the Embassy in Washington.’
    • ‘The call went overnight to the naval attaché in Moscow and then, as we understand it, Russian naval officials immediately were put in contact with the Pacific fleet in Hawaii.’
    • ‘After a lapse of six years naval attaché ciphers were re-entered in 1944, mainly by the British.’
    • ‘The pleased naval attaché described the coup as "close to perfect."’
    • ‘These events explain why the naval attaché knew nothing about the movement of the ship to the eastern Mediterranean.’
    • ‘They had no national intelligence service beyond their diplomats and a few naval attachés.’
    • ‘His career included a spell as naval attaché in London.’