Richard Stokes

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Richard Stokes
Rear-Admiral Richard Stokes RN..jpg
Born9 May 1963
Cannock, Staffordshire, England.
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 service1981-2018
RankRear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Rear-Admiral
Commands heldDeputy Director, MOD Equipment Plan
Team Leader, Naval Personnel (Engineering)
Programme Director, Royal Navy Defence Reform Implementation
Head of Nuclear Capabilities
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Support) and Director Engineering, Infrastructure & Logistics

Rear-Admiral Richard Stokes CBE. BScEng. MDA. (9 May 1963,-active) is a retired Royal Navy flag officer who went on to become Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Support) and Director Engineering, Infrastructure & Logistics from April 2015 to January 2018.

Naval Career

Richard Stokes joined the Royal Navy in 1981 and graduated in engineering from the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon. He trained as a Submarine Weapon Engineer Officer. He was appointed Tactical Weapons Engineer Officer of the ballistic missile submarine HMS Resolution (S22), from 1987 to 1989. He was next appointed Weapon Engineer Officer, HMS Ocelot (S17), from 1989 to 1990. From 1992 to 1995 he was Management Planner to Flag Officer, Submarines, In 1995 was next appointed Weapon Engineer Officer of the Trafalgar Class nuclear submarine HMS Torbay (S90) until 1997.[1]

In 1998 he was appointed Weapon Engineer Instructor, Submarine Sea Training until 1998. In 1999 he was appointed Squadron Weapon Engineer Officer, 1st Submarine Squadron until 2001. He was next appointed Logistics, Infrastructure and Engineer Support Staff Officer, in the Directorate of Naval Resources and Plans, MOD until 2002. Between 2003 and 2005 he was appointed Engineer Officers Appointer, in the Directorate of Naval Officer Appointments.[2]

Promoted to Captain in October 2005 he then appointed Assistant Director, Capability Strategy, Directorate of Equipment Planning at the MOD until 2008. Moving to Navy Command in August 2008 he next served as Assistant Director, Career Management (Engineers) to manage the careers of the 13,000 officers and ratings in the Royal Navy’s Engineering Branch until October 2010, before moving on to study at the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2011.[3]

Flag Appointments

Promoted to Commodore in July 2011, he spent 10 months as the Programme Director, Royal Navy Defence Reform Implementation - the programme to reduce the Navy’s Non-Front Line manning by 20%, before returning to the MOD in June 2012 to take up the post of Head of Nuclear Capabilities. Here he was responsible for planning the future submarine programme, with particular responsibility for delivering the Astute class into Service; steering the Successor SSBN towards its Main Gate investment decision in Spring 2016; and for initiating pre-concept work on the replacement for the Astute Class.[4]

In April 2015 he promoted to Rear-Admiral and appointed Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Support) in this role he was responsible for providing logistical support to the Royal Navy through its three major naval bases at Clyde, Devonport and Portsmouth, and the Oil Fuel Depots, in addition to providing Engineering Support, Infrastructure and Logistics policy, advice and assurance to the Navy. he is currently based at Navy Command Headquarters on Whale Island, Portsmouth, England. In December 2017 he was awarded a CBE.[5] In January 2018 he was retired from the Royal Navy after 37 years service.

Family and Personal

Richard Stokes was born in Cannock, Staffordshire, England on 9 May 1963; he is the son of Maurice Richard Stokes and Denise Stokes; He married Claire Hall in 2011; they have two sons.


  1. "Stokes, Rear Adm. Richard, (born 9 May 1963), Director, RCS Associates Ltd, since 2018". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2019. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u282577. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  2. Oxford University Press (2019)
  3. Oxford University Press (2019)
  4. Oxford University Press (2019)
  5. "Richard STOKES". The London Gazette (62150). London: TSO (The Stationary Office). 29 December 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2020.