British Defence Strategy Is Undergoing a Naval Tilt

British Defence Strategy Is Undergoing a Naval Tilt
(Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

The promotion of an admiral to run the armed forces accentuates the turn to the seas.

IN A COUNTRY of grand titles, no official holds a loftier one than Britain’s first sea lord, the head of the Royal Navy, whose office predates that of the prime minister. Now Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, the incumbent, has been handed dominion over not just the oceans, but also land, air and space. On October 7th the government announced that he would become the next chief of defence staff, the country’s most senior military officer, to replace General Sir Nick Carter on November 30th.

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