Sir Stuart Peach Expected To Be Named New Chief Of The Defence Staff
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Sir Stuart Peach Named New Chief Of The Defence Staff

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach has been named as the new Chief of the Defence Staff, the most senior officer in the Armed Forces. He had...

Sir Stuart Peach Expected To Be Named New Chief Of The Defence Staff
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach has been named as the new Chief of the Defence Staff, the most senior officer in the Armed Forces.
 
He had been serving as the vice chief, a role which involves deputising for the head of the Armed Forces.
 
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart is reported to have been among three candidates for the top job, being chosen over First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas and General Sir Richard Barrons.
 
Sir Stuart will take over from General Sir Nicholas Houghton on his retirement this summer, said the Ministry of Defence.
 
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "I am delighted to announce that Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach will assume the role of chief of the defence staff this summer when General Sir Nicholas Houghton retires.
"Sir Stuart has been an outstanding Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff and I look forward to working closely with him in taking the fight to Daesh and ensuring we have the best armed forces to keep Britain safe."
The 59-year-old father-of-two from the West Midlands was commissioned into the RAF in 1977, and flew Canberras and Tornados, serving in Iraq, Belize, Hong Kong and Germany.
 
Prime Minister David Cameron said: "I want to thank General Sir Nicholas Houghton for his many years of dedicated service to this country, especially the years he has led our Armed Forces in an ever more unstable world.
"I am confident that Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach is the right man to continue General Sir Nicholas Houghton's great legacy."
"For over a decade, Sir Stuart has delivered exemplary leadership of the armed forces with an extraordinary record of achievement. His experience as Commander Joint Forces and Chief of Joint Operations will be invaluable as we continue to ensure our brave armed forces remain among the most capable and agile in the world."