Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd is among the changes (Picture: Royal Navy).
Navy

Royal Navy Appoints New Senior Officers

Vice Admiral Tony Radakin will become the new First Sea Lord.

Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd is among the changes (Picture: Royal Navy).

Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd is to be promoted to Vice Admiral and Fleet Commander (Picture: Royal Navy).

A number of new senior officials have been appointed by the Royal Navy. 

The Navy has confirmed that Vice Admiral Tony Radakin will become the First Sea Lord, the most senior naval position.

He will take over later this year when current First Sea Lord Admiral Philip Jones retires.

Rear Admiral Nicholas Hine is to be promoted to Vice Admiral and Second Sea Lord, while Vice Admiral Ben Key is set to become Chief of Joint Operations.

NATO ships gather in Baltic Sea
Vice Admiral Key will take over as Commander of NATO's Maritime Command (Picture: NATO TV).

Vice Admiral Key will become only the third sailor to hold the post of Chief of Joint Operations at Northwood headquarters when takes over next month.

He will oversee joint and combined operations involving Britain’s Armed Forces beyond the shores of the UK.

Vice Admiral Blount will move from Portsmouth to Northwood to take over as Commander of NATO’s Maritime Command – the headquarters which directs all of the alliance’s naval operations.

Type 26 frigate CGI
Animation of the Type 26 frigate (Picture: MOD).

Rear Admiral Jerry Kyd, the first Commanding Officer of the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, is also to be promoted to Vice Admiral and Fleet Commander.

The F-35B's role alongside HMS Queen Elizabeth will fall under the responsibility of Rear Admiral Martin Connell - the new head of the Fleet Air Arm. 

Commodore Paul Marshall will take over the team overseeing the design and construction of the new Type 26 and 31 frigates, as well as replacement solid support ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. 

Other changes include: 

  • Rear Admiral Keith Blount - to be promoted to Vice Admiral and to be Commander Maritime Command.
  • Rear Admiral Christopher Gardener - to be promoted to Vice Admiral and to be Chief of Materiel (ships).
  • Commodore Jim Higham -  to be promoted to Rear Admiral and to be Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Ships) and Chief Naval Engineer Officer.
  • Commodore Andrew Burns - to be promoted to Rear Admiral and to be Commander Maritime Forces.