HMS Victory and the Royal Navy has welcomed a new Second Sea Lord.
Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock took over the role in a ceremony onboard HMS Victory, at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which also marked his appointment as Admiral-in-Charge of the ship.
The 52-year-old is the first marine engineer to be appointed to the role and will bring both engineering and personnel experience to the position.
Admiral Woodcock said: ‘I am delighted to take over as Second Sea Lord at such an exciting time for the Royal Navy.
‘We have some amazing things happening – new ships and submarines – a complete new aircraft fleet, and some serious modernisation of existing equipment going on. We will make the most of it.’
The ceremony was held in Nelson’s Great Cabin and the quarterdeck yesterday and The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, and the United States Navy Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michelle Howard, attended the ceremony.
Admiral Woodcock added: ‘Yesterday was perhaps the most exciting, thrilling and humbling day of my naval career.
‘I have been entrusted with one of the most significant roles in the navy I love, the navy I have served in for 34 years and the navy which is the benchmark for all others.’
Admiral Woodcock was promoted to the position of Second Sea Lord from his post as naval secretary.
In his new role he will be the navy’s principal personnel officer as well as be responsible for the navy’s strategic headquarters and for generating the people and equipment to run the navy at a time of massive change and investment.
This includes new equipment like the two aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales, the new Type 26 frigates, and the next system of the Trident submarine nuclear defence.
Admiral Woodcock takes over from Admiral Sir David Steel.