Admiral Sir Trevor Soar takes up Navy fleet position

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The man in charge of the navy's fleet has spoken of his pride in winning promotion.

Admiral Sir Trevor Soar took up the post of Commander-in-Chief Fleet yesterday.

He has full command of all deployable ships, submarines and fleet units, including the Royal Marines.

So it is his job to make sure they're ready if the Government needs them.

Adm Soar said: 'It is a great privilege for me to be given the responsibility for the running and operational command of the fleet.

'After a career spanning 34 years to date in the Royal Navy, this is an extremely proud day for me.

'The navy continues to exert its influence in a fast-changing global environment and has a well-deserved reputation as world-class.'

Adm Soar took over from Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope at a London ceremony.

Next month Adm Stanhope will take over from current First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Jonathon Band.

Also a Nato Commander, Adm Soar has the job of ensuring Nato maritime forces are ready to engage in operations for the North Atlantic Council.

He will split his time between the fleet's operational headquarters in Northwood, London and navy command headquarters on Whale Island in Portsmouth.

After joining the navy in 1975, Admiral Soar qualified as a submariner in 1978 and served in nuclear-powered and conventional submarines.

During the Cold War he was in charge of the nuclear-powered submarine HMS Talent for many patrols, then took over the frigate HMS Chatham in 1997 for patrols in the Gulf.

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