The Royal Navy has appointed its new Fleet Commander, with Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd handing over the reins to Vice Admiral Andy Burns.
First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Tony Radakin watched over the ceremony at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth – where the outgoing Fleet Commander once commanded – to formally transfer the second most senior Command post in the Royal Navy.
The Fleet Commander is responsible for commanding all operational elements of the Royal Navy – ships, submarines, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Marines, and Royal Fleet Auxiliary – and acts as Joint Commander for the North Atlantic Operating areas.
Vice Adm Burns assumes the role of Fleet Commander with a rich operational background and was a previous Director Develop of the Navy.
He previously commanded the Amphibious Task Group and was Commander United Kingdom Strike Force and Rear Admiral Surface Ships.
He is also the Royal Navy's Chief Naval Warfare Officer and Gender Advocate.
Appointed Fleet Commander in March 2019, the departing Vice Adm Kyd said: "It has been a distinct privilege being the Fleet Commander and I now hand over the watch with pride at what is being achieved by the fleet across the world."
Vice Adm Kyd has been at the centre of the Royal Navy's return to carrier strike operations, first as Commander of the United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group in 2015 and then as the first Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth the following year.
First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Tony Radakin thanked Vice Adm Kyd "for everything you have done as the Royal Navy's Fleet Commander".
Vice Adm Kyd added: "None of this is possible without the officers, ratings, marines and civil servants, whose dedication, resilience and leadership I have been so fortunate to work with and command.
"As ever, the greatest lesson is that you need to take your people with you, command them well and treat them with courtesy and respect. I am indebted to every Jack one of them."