Royal Marines

New Head Of Royal Marines Takes Up Role

It is the second time Lieutenant General Rob Magowan has held the position, the only person ever to be in the job twice.

A new head of the Royal Marines has been appointed during a scaled-back ceremony in Devon.

Major General Matt Holmes, who has been Commandant General Royal Marines (CGRM) since June 2019, passed on the role to Lieutenant General Rob Magowan at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre.

It is the second time Lt Gen Magowan has held the position, making him the only person ever to be in the job twice.

He previously served as CGRM in 2016.

Lt Gen Magowan said during that time he felt "a weight of responsibility to be charged with leading our fine corps" and that he now feels "that same responsibility".

He added: "A custodian is not the constant, the Royal Marines is – it's the enduring rock, going about its business over the centuries, doing the hard yards with courage and pride, but crucially and always understatedly so.

"To be amongst these special people – a part of them – encouraging them to go a bit further, climb a bit higher, is a tremendous honour for me and it always will be."

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The ceremony at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre was scaled back due to COVID restrictions (Picture: Royal Marines Charity).

Lt Gen Magowan will be responsible for advising the head of the Royal Navy, First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin, and overseeing the future of amphibious warfare and littoral strike capability.

Lt Gen Magowan is a three-star officer and joined the Marines in 1989, prior to which he studied chemistry at Southampton University. 

After completing his training he assumed several Troop Command roles, including a tour of Northern Ireland.

He has also held numerous command roles in the Middle East and Africa.

Outgoing CGRM, Major General Matt Holmes, has been at the forefront of the modernisation programme for the Royal Marines, in particular playing a role in preparing for the Future Commando Force.

Meanwhile, it has also been announced that the next Second Sea Lord will be a Royal Marine for the first time. 

Cover image: Lieutenant General Rob Magowan during the ceremony at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre (Picture: Royal Marines Charity).