First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff -
Admiral Tony Radakin CB ADC
The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, is the Royal Navy's
professional head and Chairman of the Navy Board. He is responsible to
Secretary of State for the fighting effectiveness, efficiency and morale
of the Naval Service, and supports the Secretary of State in the
management and direction of the Armed Forces.
Appointed First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff in June 2019, Admiral
Tony David Radakin CB, ADC is the Royal Navy's professional head and Chairman of
the Navy Board.
Commissioned in 1990, his operational service has involved the Iran/Iraq
Tanker War, security duties in the Falklands, NATO embargo operations in the
Adriatic, countering smuggling in Hong Kong and the Caribbean, and three
command tours in Iraq, both ashore and at sea. He has commanded from
Lieutenant to Rear Admiral of ashore, afloat and international forces. This
includes 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
His staff appointments have predominantly been in either joint or defence
roles, including: operational planning at PJHQ, two tours as a Military
Assistant, and two tours involving financial, capability and strategic force
development. More recently, he was Chief of Staff of the Joint Forces
Command (2016 to 2018) and Second Sea Lord (2018 to 2019).
His education includes: reading law at Southampton University, qualifying as
a barrister, an MA in International Relations and Defence Studies, the
Higher Command and Staff Course, and the London Business School’s Senior
Executive Programme. He has also graduated from several US courses including
the US Combined Forces Maritime Component Course, CAPSTONE and the inaugural
UK/US Future Leaders’ Course.
He lives in Hampshire with his wife and four sons (born between 1998 and
2005). He plays squash and enjoys sailing, mountain biking and skiing. He is
president of the Royal Navy Squash Association.