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New Second Sea Lord officially welcomed to role

12 January 2022
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The Royal Navy has today officially welcomed its new Second Sea Lord after a ceremony on HMS Victory.

Vice Admiral Martin Connell has now formally taken over from outgoing Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Nick Hine.

The handover took place on board Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory in Portsmouth.

Speaking about his new role, Admiral Connell said: “I am honoured to have been selected to be the next Second Sea Lord and take on the baton from Vice Admiral Nick Hine.

“Admiral Hine has led our transformation programme as we adapt to be a global, modern, ready Royal Navy, and has done an outstanding job driving improvement as we continue to adapt to meet the requirements of being a cutting-edge, technologically-advanced service.”

I am honoured to have been selected to be the next Second Sea Lord and take on the baton from Vice Admiral Nick Hine.

Vice Admiral Connell

Hine wrote: “Several things cross my mind as I get ready to depart: first, how much I have enjoyed my time serving in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy – so much so that I have no hesitation in saying I would do it all over again; the good, the bad and the indifferent.

“I have been all over the world and experiences things that most people dream of. From my time in diesel and nuclear submarines, small ships, frigates and destroyers, my Commands, and to serving well outside my comfort zone in Northern Ireland and Iraq, the people, places and experiences have been second to none.”

Admiral Connell joined the Navy as a Fleet Air Arm Observer and served as flight commander on HMS Coventry and HMS Manchester as well as serving as commanding officer on patrol ship HMS Severn, frigate HMS Chatham and aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious.

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