Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “I’m delighted to congratulate Admiral Sir Tony Radakin on his appointment as Chief of the Defence Staff, a post he will take up on November 30th. Admiral Tony brings an unparalleled wealth of experience to the role at a time of significant change for the Armed Forces and Ministry of Defence .”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also congratulated Radakin, saying: “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.”

A spokesperson for Radakin, Commander D J Mason OBE Royal Navy, commented: “I am looking forward to working further with The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP and the rest of the department’s senior leadership team as we modernise the armed forces and implement the Integrated Review.

“The government has given us clarity and additional resource to counter the threats we face as a nation. It is now time to get on and deliver.”