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Rear Admiral Martin Connell says he is "thrilled and humbled" to be selected for the post (Picture: PA/Alamy).
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Navy's new Second Sea Lord selected

Rear Admiral Martin Connell says he is "thrilled and humbled" to have been chosen for the post.

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Rear Admiral Martin Connell says he is "thrilled and humbled" to be selected for the post (Picture: PA/Alamy).

The next Second Sea Lord of the Royal Navy has been selected as Rear Admiral Martin Connell.

The two-star officer succeeds Vice Admiral Nick Hine in the post, who is expected to retire.

RAdm Connell says he is "thrilled and humbled" to have been chosen.

"I'm thrilled and humbled to have been selected to be the next 2SL, and to serve the women and men across the entire @RoyalNavy as we continue to modernise," RAdm Connell tweeted.

"There's lots to do and I can't wait to get started."

The next Second Sea Lord commissioned into the Navy in 1987, and most recently was appointed Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Aviation & Carrier Strike) and Rear Admiral Fleet Air Arm in February 2019.

He has served in numerous other roles during his career so far and has commanded at sea in every rank from lieutenant to commodore.

RAdm Connell has also worked as British Naval Attaché in Washington DC and as Joint Task Force Commander on Operations Weald and Alvin in the Mediterranean.

According to the Royal Navy's website, the Second Sea Lord is responsible for overseeing what it describes as "people matters" in the service, including "recruiting, training, sport, diversity, welfare and support for families".

The Second Sea Lord reports to the First Sea Lord and is appointed by the Prime Minister.

The First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Ben Key, who himself entered post in November, said he is "delighted" with the selection of RAdm Connell.

"With a wealth of experience and empathy, Adm Martin is a worthy successor to VAdm Nick Hine who has done so much to drive modernisation across the @RoyalNavy," he tweeted.