First Sea Lord

The current First Sea Lord is Admiral Sir Tony Radakin KCB ADC. Over the course of his career, he has distinguished himself in numerous operations including security duties in the Falklands, counter smuggling in Hong Kong and the Caribbean and three command tours of Iraq.

First Sea Lord

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin KCB ADC

The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff is the professional head of the entire Royal Navy. As the Chairman of the Navy Board, he is responsible to the Secretary of State for the fighting effectiveness, efficiency and morale of the Naval Service, and for supporting the management and direction of the Armed Forces.

The First Sea Lord is also a member of the Defence Council and of the Chiefs of Staff Committee. He supports the Secretary of State in the management and direction of the Armed Forces, and advises on maritime strategy and policy.



19th June 2019


Admiral Sir Tony Radakin KCB ADC

I absolutely believe that ours is a world class Navy, full of brilliant people doing great things.

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