Admiral Sir Tony Radakin to be next Chief of the Defence Staff

BusterQuin

War Hero
Book Reviewer
"It is understood that Vice-Admiral Sir Ben Key, who led the Afghanistan evacuation and is in charge of all overseas military operations, will be promoted to Admiral and replace Sir Tony as First Sea Lord." - DT 6 Sep 21
He was the skipper on Iron Duke 2000-2001 a great bloke and respected by all the ships company. We thought he was destined to go onto greater things.
Probably the best skipper I served with and he had a great taste in vintage port
 

Wookie42

Midshipman
I remember training Sir Tony many years ago when he was a Lt - and for that matter Sir Ben. Both great guys who will do the Navy well. I remember finishing one very early exercise with Sir Ben and walking into the staff de-brief afterwards where my opening comment was "I've just had the pleasure of the company of the future CINCFLEET for the past 3 hours", he was that good even then. So pleased that he got 1st as well.

Given the uncertain future that this country faces in the aftermath of Br**** and C****19, we need politically astute people in those roles to avoid both the Navy and the wider Armed Forces from bearing the brunt of the inevitable cuts that will come when the Treasury start to work out how we're going to pay back 18 months of furlough. In both officers, we certainly have that. My congratulations to both of them.
 

legend

Lantern Swinger
As an ex member of the Armed Forces and having a Grandson who is hopefully about to join the Royal Navy and the fact that I take a great interest in current world events etc , can I take it from some of the comments here and obviously some of you who may have served with him that Sir Tony Radakin is a decent all round bloke (who obviously has the intelligence to be given this new role) and will do a good job (hopefully) .
 

redmonkey

War Hero
Book Reviewer
My wife has just seen a discussion on FB about Admiral Radakin and his 2 clasps on his LSCG.

According to Wiki he joined in 1990 which would mean he isn't due his second clasp for 3 years (assuming he is still being a good boy and doesn't get caught )

Does his time as a Cadet count towards this?
 

lanky

Lantern Swinger
My wife has just seen a discussion on FB about Admiral Radakin and his 2 clasps on his LSCG.

According to Wiki he joined in 1990 which would mean he isn't due his second clasp for 3 years (assuming he is still being a good boy and doesn't get caught )

Does his time as a Cadet count towards this?

Antony David Radakin​

Retired before 1966: No

Rank History​

Rear Admiral 3|12|2014
Commodore Royal Navy 12|9|2011
Captain Royal Navy 30|6|2008
Commander Royal Navy 30|6|2002
Lieutenant-Commander Royal Navy 1|11|1996
Lieutenant Royal Navy 1|11|1989
Sub Lieutenant Royal Navy 1|9|1987
Midshipman Royal Navy 1|9|1985
 
I anticipate that service towards his LS&GC is counted from the date he joined and not the date he joined the trained strength.

Initially I could only find photos of him with 1 clasp. I wish I'd stopped looking, I'm now enraged. Just discovered he's another dress regulations breaker, cutting his own detail, wearing medal ribbons on No 3Ws. FFS... You were 1SL, if you want to do that then get someone to change the rules to allow it. In fact don't, it'll be a pain in the ar$e attaching them to a shirt every day
 
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