Carters replacement as CDS

Apparently Boris has interviewed the candidates and a replacement is to be announced next week

Runners and riders​

Tony Radakin: Royal Navy chief seen as a good public speaker with an eye for a PR opportunity, only last week announcing the appointment of Bond actor Daniel Craig as an honorary commander, to act as an advocate for service families.

Patrick Sanders: Special forces veteran who served on every major deployment over the past 25 years. Recently admitted his experiences in Iraq had left him with suicidal thoughts, as he called for soldiers and veterans to seek help for PTSD.

Mark Carleton-Smith: Old Etonian and former SAS commander who took over as head of the army in 2018. Once in charge of the SAS’s hunt for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan – although the al-Qaida leader was ultimately shot by the US.

Mike Wigston: Comprehensive educated Welsh former Tornado pilot. Last month said the RAF was prepared to launch fresh, long-range strikes in Afghanistan even though there could be instances of “unavoidable civilian casualties.”

Ben Key: Head of operations whose profile soared during the Afghanistan crisis. Led the day to day deployment of 1,000 British troops around the perimeter of Kabul airport allowing hasty two week evacuation of Britons and Afghans to proceed


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My money is on

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Nothing in his MOD biography or wiki to show that he ever served in Special Forces. No wings of any kind on his uniform.
Indeed.
I think we can rule out Wiggy - Welsh and a Comp? Might cut it at Sleaford poly but not in Whitehall.

On the plus side though, he doesn’t see the point of the RAF Regt.
 
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Indeed.
I think we can rule out Wiggy - Welsh and a Comp? Might cut it at Sleaford poly but not in Whitehall.

On the plus side though, he doesn’t see the point of the RAF Regt.

Good to see equality in action.
Maybe it is those attitudes that need to change?
 
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Carlton-Smith has a great deal of credibility, plays cricket with Boris and convinced Cameron to retain CEA good to have old school chums.
 
I expect so.

*Rumour mill on* It's Tony Radakin *Rumour mill off*.

Close the thread.
Would that mean 2nd Sea Lion beomes 1st Sea Lion?

That would be...interesting.
 
Published by: Harry Adams, FORCES NET, on 27 September 2021.

Who's Going To Be The UK's Next Military Chief?​

The Prime Minister has started interviewing candidates to become his new military leader, but who is in the running for the job?

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General Sir Nick Carter has been Chief of the Defence Staff since 2018 (Picture: PA/Alamy).

With General Sir Nick Carter set to step down as Chief of the Defence Staff – the head of the Armed Forces – the Prime Minister has started interviewing candidates to become his new military leader.
Gen Carter had been expected to retire in June, but was asked by Boris Johnson to stay on in post until late 2021.

But who exactly is in the running for the job?

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin – First Sea Lord

The head of the Royal Navy, the First Sea Lord has served in a number of conflict zones – including the Falklands and Iraq.
Sir Tony has also commanded in a number of roles and played a part in negotiating the recent landmark Aukus deal between the US, UK and Australia.
The Prime Minister is said to have been pleased by the decision to appoint James Bond actor Daniel Craig as an honorary commander in the Royal Navy.
If selected, Adm Sir Tony Radakin would be the first naval officer appointed Chief of the Defence Staff since Admiral Sir Michael Boyce, who was in post between 2001 and 2003.

General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith – Chief of the General Staff

The head of the British Army, General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, is another military service leader interviewing for the role.
He is said to have a good personal relationship with the Prime Minister, both having studied at Eton.
Militarily, he served in the Gulf and Balkans, as well as commanding 22 Special Air Service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He also commanded 16 Air Assault Brigade in Afghanistan and served as Commander Helmand Task Force and Commander British Forces Afghanistan.
Sir Mark also provided troops and military planners in the UK's fight against coronavirus.
However, could recent issues with the Ajax programme count against him?

Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston – Chief of the Air Staff

Completing the set of military service leaders, Air Chief Marshal Wigston is also set to be interviewed for the role.
The head of the RAF has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, including as the Director of Air Operations in Headquarters ISAF Joint Command and was awarded a CBE in 2013 for the role.
He also led a review, commissioned by the MOD, into inappropriate behaviour in the Armed Forces in April 2019.
However, he is reportedly "unlikely" to be appointed in the role.

Vice Admiral Sir Ben Key – Commander of Joint Operations

The Prime Minister is said to have wanted three-star military officials to apply for the role.
It is reported the Defence Secretary invited three to apply, but only Vice Admiral Sir Ben Key accepted the invitation.
Having served on, and commanded, numerous Navy ships, Sir Ben also served as an advisor to the Iraqi Director Joint Staff in Baghdad and was awarded the US Bronze Star in 2006 for his service.
He was also in charge of Operation Pitting – the UK's evacuation of Kabul airport in August.

General Sir Patrick Sanders – Head of Strategic Command

General Sir Patrick Sanders is in charge of both the UK's special forces and military approach to the cyber domain, managing allocated joint capabilities from the Army, RAF and Navy.
Sir Patrick is also one of the leaders in establishing the UK's response to subthreshold warfare from adversaries.
He has previously served in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Follow link for videos . . .

 
Apparently Boris has interviewed the candidates and a replacement is to be announced next week

Runners and riders​

Tony Radakin: Royal Navy chief seen as a good public speaker with an eye for a PR opportunity, only last week announcing the appointment of Bond actor Daniel Craig as an honorary commander, to act as an advocate for service families.

Patrick Sanders: Special forces veteran who served on every major deployment over the past 25 years. Recently admitted his experiences in Iraq had left him with suicidal thoughts, as he called for soldiers and veterans to seek help for PTSD.

Mark Carleton-Smith: Old Etonian and former SAS commander who took over as head of the army in 2018. Once in charge of the SAS’s hunt for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan – although the al-Qaida leader was ultimately shot by the US.

Mike Wigston: Comprehensive educated Welsh former Tornado pilot. Last month said the RAF was prepared to launch fresh, long-range strikes in Afghanistan even though there could be instances of “unavoidable civilian casualties.”

Ben Key: Head of operations whose profile soared during the Afghanistan crisis. Led the day to day deployment of 1,000 British troops around the perimeter of Kabul airport allowing hasty two week evacuation of Britons and Afghans to proceed


Guardian


Archie
Radakin will get it - safe hands and all that.
 

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Radakin will get it - safe hands and all that.

He is an innovator. Under his leadership the RN has more ships at sea, with increased fleet availability and size, and less people in HQ or similar places, and more in front line ships, naval air squadrons, and Royal Marine units. There has also been an increase in experimentation with new technologies.
 
Nothing in his MOD biography or wiki to show that he ever served in Special Forces. No wings of any kind on his uniform.
My chum Patrick* was RGJ then RIFLES.

He have a talk to my Bns combined Messes about leadership, and talked very frankly about the struggles he faced as CO 5 RIFLES when they where getting hammered at Basra Airport.

Knew a few of our PSIs, called them by their first names, they held him in extremely high regard.

*https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/army-snobbery.260314/post-7580318
 
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