Second Sea Lord

The current Second Sea lord is Martin Connell who was appointed Second Sea Lord in January 2022. He is responsible for delivery of the RN’s future capabilities, strategy and long-term programme and is the RN’s Principal Personnel Officer. 

Second Sea Lord

Vice Admiral Martin Connell CBE

The Second Sea Lord is responsible for overseeing all 'people matters' in the Royal Navy - recruiting, training, sport, diversity, welfare and support for families  - as well as bases and facilities.

The Second Sea Lord reports to the First Sea Lord and is appointed by the Prime Minister.


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