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Navy

Admiral Tony Radakin: Who Is The UK's New First Sea Lord?

He has taken over the role from Admiral Sir Philip Jones.

Tony Radakin cover photo

Admiral Tony Radakin officially takes over as First Sea Lord on Wednesday.

He is being promoted from Second Sea Lord and succeeds succeeds Admiral Sir Philip Jones as Chief of the Naval Staff.

The appointment was first confirmed in February.

After being commissioned in 1990, his service has included security duties in the Falklands, NATO embargo operations in the Adriatic and counter smuggling in Hong Kong and the Caribbean.

He has also completed three command tours in Iraq.

Adm Radakin has commanded from Lieutenant to Rear Admiral of ashore, afloat and international forces, including: HMS Blazer and Southampton URNU, HMS Norfolk, the Naval Training Team in Iraq, the Iraqi Maritime Task Force, Portsmouth Naval Base, and Commander of UK Maritime Forces and NATO’s High Readiness Maritime Component Commander.

His staff appointments have mainly consisted of joint and defence roles, including: operational planning at PJHQ, two tours as a Military Assistant, and two tours involving financial, capability and strategic force development.

Most recently, he has worked as Chief of Staff of the Joint Forces Command from 2016 – 2018 and Second Sea Lord from 2018 – 2019.

Adm Radakin is a qualified barrister and has an MA in International Relations and Defence Studies.

He has also graduated from several US courses including the US Combined Forces Maritime Component Course and the inaugural UK/US Future Leaders’ Course.

The new First Sea Lord lives in Hampshire with his wife and four sons, and enjoys squash, sailing, mountain biking and skiing.

He is also president of the Royal Navy Squash Association.