News story: Admiral Zambellas new First Sea Lord

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Ministry of Defence said:
Admiral Stanhope stepped down as the professional head of the Royal Navy after a career spanning 43 years.
The handover ceremony was conducted onboard the First Sea Lord’s Flagship, HMS Victory, where the official handover was marked by the signing of the Victory Book and the raising and lowering of Admiral Stanhope’s and Admiral Zambellas’s flags.
This is the first time Victory has hosted the ceremony – until last year the veteran of Trafalgar was the flagship of the Second Sea Lord.
Surrounded by what Admiral Stanhope called his “maritime family” – his own family, the heads of the French and US navies and the Royal Navy’s 3 most senior officers – Britain’s outgoing ranking sailor sat at Nelson’s table in the great cabin of his flagship and formally handed over command to Admiral Zambellas.
The last act of Admiral Stanhope’s naval career took place on Victory’s cold, damp quarterdeck.

Admiral Stanhope and Admiral Zambellas salute as the First Sea Lord's flags are lowered on board HMS Victory [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Keith Morgan, Crown copyright]After inspecting a Guard of Honour formed of ratings drawn from the Portsmouth Flotilla, the Admiral saluted as his standard, the Cross of St George, was lowered and the strains of Auld Lang Syne, performed by a band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, echoed around the Victory amphitheatre.
With the flag hauled down, it was carefully folded, then presented to the outgoing First Sea Lord by Victory’s Able Seaman ‘Jude’ Law.
As he and Lady Stanhope departed the ship, senior officers from the 3 navies and their staffs stood on the side of the quarterdeck to give a final wave.
And then, at the stroke of 1pm, a new Cross of St George was hoisted on Victory. With the flag billowing in the stiff easterly breeze, HMS Victory’s Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Rod Strathern could report to Admiral Zambellas:
Your flag flies from Victory’s main mast, Sir.
[h=3]If I could rejoin I would[/h] Of his career with the Royal Navy, Admiral Stanhope said:
The Royal Navy’s sense of purpose and strength of ethos have made for a hugely varied and rewarding 43 years, during which I have enjoyed being a part of an organisation that makes a positive difference around the world.
Throughout, it has been a privilege to serve with and honour to lead such brilliant people – sailors, marines and civil servants.” He added, “The Royal Navy has a fantastic future. If I could rejoin I would.
[h=3]First Sea Lord’s role[/h] As the new First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Zambellas is the Royal Navy’s professional head and chairs the Navy Board. He is responsible to the Secretary of State for Defence for the fighting effectiveness, efficiency and morale of the Service, and supports the Chief of Defence Staff in the management and direction of the Armed Forces.
As a member of the Armed Forces Committee, he advises on maritime strategy and policy, and has a collective responsibility for providing strategic direction to the department, managing performance and ensuring that Defence delivers the required outputs.
Admiral Sir George Zambellas said:
We owe Sir Mark a huge debt of gratitude for his unstinting professionalism, strategic vision and leadership of the Royal Navy. He has worked tirelessly for the Service for over 40 years and leaves a legacy of a highly capable, efficient and globally deployable future Fleet. It is a privilege to succeed him.


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Felt a bit sorry for Sir Mark, his last review hurrah - standing on a P2000 watching a RIB wizz by.

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#3
Looking at the braid, why are the dangly bits with tassles not worn in the same way?

I did try google but...
 
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Felt a bit sorry for Sir Mark, his last review hurrah - standing on a P2000 watching a RIB wizz by.

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I don't feel sorry for him.

Singularly the most uninspiring man to ever have reached the top of the Service. Devoid of chrisma, insight and original thought.

George Z is a significant capability upgrade. How on earth did we sneek that past the Treasury?
 

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Felt a bit sorry for Sir Mark, his last review hurrah - standing on a P2000 watching a RIB wizz by.

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An anagram of Admiral Stanhope is Handrail Tempos. You can easily make the word 'Llama' out of Admiral Zambellas but I am not sure this is significant. Llamas tend not to go to sea.
 
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An anagram of Admiral Stanhope is Handrail Tempos. You can easily make the word 'Llama' out of Admiral Zambellas but I am not sure this is significant. Llamas tend not to go to sea.
Born in a land locked country as well I believe.
 
#9
Well at least he has finally gone. Hopefully the new bloke will have a whole navy view instead of a very blinkered view. When stanhope spike about the loss if RN fixed wing assets he didn't have a clue what he was on about and the top Crab just sat there shaking his head

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Something to do with lashing various sizes of parrots to their shoulders I believe...
Since SDR they only have parakeets or budgerigars - parrots are no longer NSN patternised issue.
 
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Since SDR they only have parakeets or budgerigars - parrots are no longer NSN patternised issue.
Just put in a non patt demand or GPC it, I'm sure 1sl would be high enough top cover.


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Just put in a non patt demand or GPC it, I'm sure 1sl would be high enough top cover.


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Tried that - rejected by MoD Donnington: the joys of jointery.


aknowledging that Northern Matelot is a Loggy and I most serpently am not.
 
#16
GPC it then, get the credit card out!


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#17
GPC it then, get the credit card out!


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All GPC over 1p needs to be approved by Miss Half-penny the MoD budget controller - a bit like overseas travel requests or 1st class rail travel.
 
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I don't feel sorry for him.

Singularly the most uninspiring man to ever have reached the top of the Service. Devoid of chrisma, insight and original thought.

George Z is a significant capability upgrade. How on earth did we sneek that past the Treasury?



Band was a terrible disappointment.
Enthusiastic and personable, but a political lightweight chewed up and spat out by the Treasury.

Stanhope? Found him pleasant, but always seemed a bit like an arkward Headmaster.
Safe hands holding the line while the Navy regrouped.

Zambellas? Seems more forthright and willing to fight his corner.
Be interesting to see what his first public pronouncements will be.
 
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Navy ahemmmmmmmm Aviation, combined ops, frigates etc Zambellas might be a good bloke for when fixed when aviation is re-introduced into the Royal Navy as opposed to Stanhope who cut his teeth on submarines... then again, I know nowt and fixed wing carrier aviation is going to be re-introduced in... ahh
 
#20
Well me hearties, you're in good hands - looking at his chest, he's clearly got masses of operational experience! My Catering Warrant Officer has got more gongs than the two of them put together!
 

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