Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope appointed next First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
A Defence Policy and Business news article
17 Oct 08
Currently serving as Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope will take up post as First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff on 21 July 2009.
Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope will be succeeded in turn as Commander-in-Chief Fleet by Vice Admiral Trevor Soar, who will be promoted to the rank of Admiral on taking up his new appointment.
Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope KCB OBE
As Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope has full command of all deployable Fleet units, including the Royal Marines, he is also a NATO Commander and is directly responsible for elements of the Standing NATO Response Force.
Joining the Royal Navy in 1970, his career has included command of submarines HMS Orpheus and HMS Splendid, the frigate HMS London and the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious.
He was the 'Teacher' on the unique 'Perisher' course and commanded the Submarine Sea Training Organisation. In between sea appointments he has worked in the MOD for the Naval Staff and for the Chief of Defence Staff and undertook a short secondment to the Cabinet Office in 2002. His initial NATO assignment was in the Regional HQ of Allied Forces North (in Holland), following this he served as the Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet before his last [NATO] appointment in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
As a junior officer Admiral Stanhope read Physics at St Peter's College Oxford. He conducted staff training at Greenwich, the Royal College of Defence Studies and attended the Higher Command and Staff Course. Awarded the OBE in 1990, he was knighted in 2004 and is a recipient of the US Legion of Merit (Officer). He also holds the honorary post of Vice Admiral of the United Kingdom, is a Freeman of the City of London and the Guild of Freemen and a Younger Brother of Trinity House, a fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Liveryman of the Upholders Company.
Admiral Stanhope is married and lives with his wife in the West Country and they have one grown-up daughter.