Second Sea Lord

Vice Admiral Anthony Radakin

The Second Sea Lord & Deputy Chief of Naval Staff is responsible for the delivery of the Naval Service’s current and future personnel, equipment and infrastructure.

On the 27th March 2018, Vice Admiral Sir Jonathan Woodcock KCB OBE handed his command as Second Sea Lord to Vice Admiral Anthony Radakin.

The occasion happened on HMS Victory in Her Majesty Dockyard Portsmouth with the guard from HMS Collingwood and the Royal Marines Band Portsmouth in attendance.

Ready to fight

When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Marines come in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

Providing humanitarian assistance

When natural or man-made disasters occur, a country’s infrastructure and resources can be crippled. With loss of electricity, shortage of food and water supplies, and human lives at risk – responding to such life-threatening scenarios is central to the Royal Navy’s ethos. Because we have the skills, equipment and know-how to go anywhere, regardless of potential damage to local infrastructure.

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