December 3, 2018 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed that Her Majesty the Queen has approved the new appointment of First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff.
Vice Admiral Tony Radakin CB is to be promoted Admiral and appointed First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, in succession to Admiral Sir Philip Jones.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson also confirmed the following senior appointments to the top echelon of the Armed Services:
- Vice Admiral Timothy Fraser CB is to be promoted Admiral and appointed Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, in succession to General Gordon Messenger;
- Air Marshal Michael Wigston CBE is to be promoted Air Chief Marshal and appointed as Chief of the Air Staff, in succession to Air Chief Marshal Sir Steven Hillier;
- Lieutenant General Patrick Sanders CBE, DSO is to be promoted General and appointed Commander Joint Forces Command, in succession to General Sir Christopher Deverell.
Official RN photo of Admiral Anthony Radakin