Queen appoints new Chief of Defence staff to lead UK military reforms

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I am delighted to welcome Admiral Sir Tony Radakin as the next Chief of the Defence Staff.

“He has proven himself an outstanding military leader as First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff and I have every confidence he will be an exceptional Chief of the Defence Staff.

“Under his command we have more Royal Navy sailors on the front line, more warships at sea – including our two world class aircraft carriers – and we are leading a shipbuilding renaissance which is creating jobs and protecting lives around the UK.”

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