Royal Navy’s Second Sea Lord Visits HMS Raleigh

The Royal Navy’s new Second Sea Lord has visited HMS Raleigh bringing to the end his first week in his new post.

Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock, a former Commanding Officer of the training base in Torpoint, spent the day at HMS Raleigh where he met some of the Royal Navy’s latest recruits.

The Second Sea Lord also formally opened the establishment’s newly refurbished Roebuck lecture theatre and took the salute at the passing-out-parade for the Hanson 23 entry, who began training in January.

Speaking during his visit, he said:

The Royal Navy has never had such an exciting future and the men and women I’ve met today are all up for the challenges that come with a Naval life.

During the parade Vice Admiral Woodcock presented medals to members of HMS Raleigh’s Ship’s Company, recognising long service.

Vice Admiral Woodcock assumed the role of Second Sea Lord in a ceremony on board HMS Victory at Portsmouth Naval Base on Tuesday 11 March.

Historically the Second Sea Lord has been the Navy’s Principal Personnel Officer, but Admiral Woodcock will also be responsible for the Navy’s Strategic headquarters and for generating the people and equipment to run the Royal Navy at a time of massive change and investment.

The new equipment planned or already on line includes the two aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales; the new Type 26 Frigate, and the next system for Trident and the continuous at sea deterrent.

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