Admiral Tony Radakin has taken over from Admiral Sir Philip Jones as First Sea Lord.
Admiral Sir Philip Jones formally handed over command of more than 30,000 men and women, more than 90 vessels, nuclear submarines and support vessels, the helicopters and jets of the Fleet Air Arm and the elite Naval infantry of the Royal Marines to the man who has been Second Sea Lord since 2018 and before that Chief of Staff of the Joint Forces Command from 2016-2018.
According to a Royal Navy statement:
“During his command, Adm Radakin will oversee HMS Queen Elizabeth deploying for the first time and the next of Britain’s aircraft carriers, HMS Prince of Wales, enter service.
He will also lead as the Type 26-class of frigates takes shape along with the new River-class patrol vessels coming into service and the development of the Future Commando Force.
Within the submarine service, the new Dreadnought-class boats will begin to take shape while more Astute boats will join the fleet.”
Admiral Radakin’s operational service has seen him involved in the Iran/Iraq Tanker War, security duties in the Falklands, NATO embargo operations in the Adriatic, counter smuggling in Hong Kong and Caribbean as well as three tours in Iraq, say the Royal Navy.