Anthony David Radakin

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Anthony (Tony) Radakin
Admiral Tony Radakin.jpg
Born10 November 1965
Oldham, Lancashire
AllegianceFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom from 1801.png Royal Navy
Years of service1990 –
RankAdmiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Admiral
Commands heldRoyal Navy
Navy Command
United Kingdom Maritime Forces & Surface Fleet
Portsmouth Naval Base
Combined Task Force Iraqi Maritime
HMS Norfolk
HMS Blazer
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Bronze Star Medal (United States)

Admiral Anthony David Radakin, CB.ADC. (born 10 November 1965) is a senior Royal Navy officer. He has served as First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, the professional head of the Naval Service, since June 2019. He was Chief of Staff, Joint Forces Command from 2016 to 2018, and the Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff from 2018 to 2019.

Naval career

Radakin gained his commission in the Royal Navy on 20 October 1990.[1][2] He was promoted to lieutenant commander in 1 November 1996,[3] and went on to become commanding officer of the frigate Template:Ship in 2003, commanding officer of the US/UK Iraqi Naval Transition Team in 2006, and commanding officer of the US/UK Combined Task Force Iraqi Maritime in 2010.[1] For this tour he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal by the President of the United States.[4]

Promoted to Commodore on 30 August 2011,[5] Radakin became Commander Naval Base, Portsmouth in October 2011.[6] He was appointed Director of Force Development at the Ministry of Defence in November 2012.[7] Promoted to Rear-Admiral on 3 December 2014,[8] he became Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces and Rear Admiral Surface Ships in December 2014,[1][9] and Chief of Staff, Joint Forces Command in March 2016.[7][10]

Promoted to Vice-Admiral on 27 March 2018 on appointment as Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff,[11][12] Radakin was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2018 Birthday Honours three months later.[13] He was promoted Admiral and succeeded Admiral Sir Philip Jones as First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff in June 2019.[14][15]

Personal/Family and education

Radakin was born on 10 November 1965 in Oldham, Lancashire, England.[16][17] He was educated at St. Brendan's College.[16] He studied law at the University of Southampton, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree in 1989.[16] He qualified as a barrister,[18] and was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1996.[16] He later studied international relations and defence studies at King's College London, completing a Master of Arts (MA) degree in 2000.[18][19]

In 1995, Radakin married Louise. Together they have four sons.[16]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Rear Admiral Tony Radakin" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  2. London Gazette, issue, 52353, page, 18701, 3 December 1990.
  3. London Gazette, issue, 54637, page. 1, 31 December 1996.
  4. London Gazette, issue, 59554, page. 18540, 24 September 2010.
  5. London Gazette, issue, 59898, page, 16983, 6 September 2011.
  6. "Naval base commander seen off in style". Navy News. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Ministry of Defence and tri-service senior appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  8. London Gazette, issue, 61071, page, 23726, 9 December 2014.
  9. "Fleet awards". Royal Navy. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  10. "Chief Of Staff Joint Forces Command Visits The Rock". Your Gibraltar TV. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  11. London Gazette, issue, 62252, page=6366, 10 April 2018.
  12. "Admirals" (PDF). Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  13. London Gazette, issue, 62310, page, B3, 9 June 2018.
  14. "New First Sea Lord appointment announced". 3 December 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  15. "A 'generation of innovators' has been appointed to run the military in a shake-up of the top ranks of the Army, Navy and RAF". The Daily Telegraph. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 "Radakin, Vice Adm. Antony David". Who's Who 2019. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  17. "Admiral Tony Radakin CB ADC". Ministry of Defence. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019. First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
  18. 18.0 18.1 "New military chiefs appointed". GOV.UK. Ministry of Defence. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  19. 'RADAKIN, Rear Adm. Antony David', Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016