New 1SL

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  1. Ageing_Gracefully

    Ageing_Gracefully War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Interesting times if correct.
  3. We've dipped out there. Massively. Two steps forward, nine back.
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  4. Purple_twiglet

    Purple_twiglet War Hero Moderator

    Agree - good news on Fleet Cdr, shame about the 1SL would be one way of looking at it.
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  5. Why the sudden change?
  6. Seadog

    Seadog War Hero Moderator

    A Marine as VCDS. That's 4*. When was the last time ther was such a thing as a full General RM ?
  7. Purple_twiglet

    Purple_twiglet War Hero Moderator

    1977 - and that was for a NATO appointment.
  8. Where did Admiral Z become 1SL? What is the normal time in office?
  9. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    About 08:00 to 16:30 (ish).
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  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The new 1SL:


    Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB is Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff

    Philip Jones was born in Bebington, Cheshire and educated at Birkenhead School. He joined the Royal Navy in 1978 and, after training at BRNC Dartmouth, he read for a degree in Geography at Mansfield College, Oxford.

    His Fleet training, following graduation, included a period of active service in the South Atlantic in 1982 in the Amphibious Assault Ship HMS FEARLESS. His early service, as a bridge watchkeeper, navigator and Principal Warfare Officer in a number of Type 21 and Type 22 frigates, and in HM Yacht BRITANNIA, included deployments to the South Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf and Far East.

    A subsequent Battle Staff appointment with the then Commander UK Task Group, predecessor of Commander UK Maritime Forces (COMUKMARFOR), included the ORIENT ‘92 deployment to the Far East embarked in HMS INVINCIBLE and Operation GRAPPLE in the Adriatic in 1993 embarked in HMS ARK ROYAL. As a Commander he commanded the Type 22 frigate HMS BEAVER from 1994-6, including a Mediterranean deployment with the NATO Standing Naval Forces conducting Operation SHARP GUARD. He then attended the Joint Service Defence College before serving in the Directorate of Navy Plans in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) during the 1997-8 Strategic Defence Review, and then on the staff of the Flag Officer Surface Flotilla (FOSF) as the Staff Operations Officer.

    In 1999, as a Captain, he returned to sea for two years in command of the Type 22 frigate HMS COVENTRY, which included her final deployment, to the Caribbean to conduct Counter Drug Operations in 2001, before decommissioning. He subsequently returned to MoD to serve as Military Assistant to the 4* Chief of Defence Logistics, before a tour on the staff of Flag Officer Sea Training as Director Joint Maritime Operational Training Staff (JMOTS), running Joint Maritime Courses (now JOINT WARRIORS).

    In 2004, as a Commodore, he led the C4ISTAR Division of the Fleet Headquarters as an Assistant Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief and then, in 2006, as the Commander Amphibious Task Group (COMATG), he led the ATG on the VELA deployment to West Africa and through training and validation for a period in the NATO Response Force while on deployment to the Baltic. These two deployments were interspersed with a short loan to JSCSC Shrivenham to complete Higher Command and Staff Course 2007.

    In 2008-9, as a Rear Admiral, he completed two short tours, first as the Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland (FOSNNI) and Flag Officer Reserves, and then as COMUKMARFOR, which included activation as the Op Commander for EUNAVFOR Op ATALANTA, conducting counter-piracy operations off Somalia. Appointed as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff in June 2009, an appointment which carries with it membership of the Navy Board, his thirty months in MoD included the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review and 2011 Defence Reform Review, and culminated with him being made a Companion of the most honourable Order of the Bath in the 2012 New Year’s Honours.

    On promotion to Vice Admiral in December 2011 he became Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Chief of Staff Navy Command Headquarters and Chief Naval Warfare Officer. In April 2012 the title of Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet changed to Deputy Fleet Commander, and on 30 November 2012 he became the Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff. He was made a Knight Commander of the most honourable Order of the Bath in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

    Philip is married to Liz and they have three children. He is a Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Freeman of the City of Glasgow, an alumnus of the Windsor Leadership Trust and President of both RN Rugby Union and RN Polo.
  11. Trainer

    Trainer War Hero Book Reviewer

    Here come the New Boss...... same as the Old Boss.....
  12. He was the first skipper I had who was younger than I was.
    I realised my career was probably winding down then :(
    His clearly wasn't though...
  13. Are you here all week? How's the fish?
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  14. Seadog

    Seadog War Hero Moderator

    Fortunatrly 1SL desig has campaign medals. Norman's approval is a given.
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  15. Sadly not, I fear.....
  16. Anyone know the reason for the change? I really though Zemballas was doing a good job and he was really good to talk too
  17. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Hmmn, not court-mounted though, Norman may not like that.
  18. Seadog

    Seadog War Hero Moderator

    Admiral George wears a breast pocket hanky square when he's medalled up. A sartorial fail and my pet uniform hate. Oops, so does his relief. Just stop it.
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  19. He's not. Unfortunately.
  20. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    It's interesting the number of people who expected that Admiral Phil was heading out and another was getting 1SL.

    I thinks its positive, he's sharp, engaging and gets the opportunity we are faced with.

    For me the bigger shock, or omission, is Gen Barrons. Interesting to see where he goes, if it is outside that is a real loss to Defence.

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