THE Royal Navy has a new warrant officer of the Naval Service after almost four years.
The role is the most senior and influential post a Royal Navy warrant officer can hold, and WO1 Terry Casey has now handed over the reins to Portsmouth sailor WO1 Steve Cass.
There was an official ceremony on board HMS Victory, attended by the Second Sea Lord Vice-Admiral, Sir David Steel.
WO1 Casey said: ‘The last three years and eight months has seen a great deal of change, from the early days of the Defence Review, the redundancies, the pay freezes and the huge uncertainty to today, where the Royal Navy needs to grow to meet its future commitments. It’s a hugely exciting time for everyone and requires all, particularly the warrant officers and senior non-commissioned officers to inspire the next generation to go on to operate the most complex warships, submarines and aircraft that defence supplies.
‘I wish my successor, WO1 Steve Cass, every success.’
With the position comes involvement in the most senior naval forums, including the Navy Board, the Navy Command Operating Board, and Personnel Executive Group.
WO1 Steve Cass said: ‘I am extremely honoured to take over from WO1 Casey and I am relishing all of the challenges that this prestigious position demands.’