Wednesday, December 5th 2012 - 18:17 UTC

Royal Navy has a new Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral Philip Jones

Royal Navy has welcomed its newly-appointed Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff at a handover ceremony in Portsmouth. Vice Admiral Philip Jones takes up the role from outgoing Fleet Commander Admiral Sir George Zambellas who will continue in his NATO role, Commander Maritime Command, at Northwood in North West London.

Vice Admiral Jones and Admiral Zambellas (left) during the handover ceremony (Photo_MoD)

Addressing Royal Navy personnel Vice Admiral Jones said it was an immense privilege to be invited to take up the role and that it was a proud moment for himself, his wife and three children.

“I'm lucky to find myself taking over the Fleet Commander role at a time when there are so very many professional, energetic and, above all, committed people on the Navy Command team”, said Vice Admiral Jones.

”A team committed to generating and supporting maritime forces operating on a front line that stretches from the South Atlantic to the northern Gulf, from the Strait of Hormuz to the Caribbean, and from the coastline of Somalia to the vehicle checkpoints of Nad 'Ali in Helmand.“

Vice Admiral Jones said that he would continue to make the strongest possible case for future investment in the Royal Navy in order to ensure the nation's security and prosperity.

The incoming Fleet Commander added that the Royal Navy was held in high regard by other navies and that few other nations were able to match the range of activities carried out by the Royal Navy.

”We are in that place because we - more than anyone else in Defence - understand our business and we understand our environment, where the land, sea and air all meet“ said the incoming Fleet Commander.

”And while we understand the need to seek continuous improvement, we are smart enough to try and do it in manageable steps. That is key to our success.”

Vice Admiral Jones also thanked Admiral Zambellas for leaving a powerful legacy which is operationally-focused and hungry to succeed in all areas. (Defence News).
 

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1 Troy Tempest (#) Dec 05th, 2012 - 07:06 pm Report abuse
Congratulations!
Hopefully, the new Fleet Commander will be visiting the Falklands very soon.
Great chance to meet the Islanders and make assurances that he is alert to any aggressions by u no woo
2 briton (#) Dec 05th, 2012 - 07:32 pm Report abuse
great,
mind you we could do with a few more carriers , destroyers , frigates , subs , ect .
3 Santa Fe (#) Dec 05th, 2012 - 08:55 pm Report abuse
And I know where we can pick up a rusting flagship in Africa!! Oops also a broken corvette at rock bottom prices.
4 ProRG_American (#) Dec 05th, 2012 - 09:43 pm Report abuse
Welcome to a new member to the hall of fame.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pirates
5 slattzzz (#) Dec 05th, 2012 - 09:56 pm Report abuse
@4 do you have a fleet commander..............oh thats right you don't have a fleet to command, unless of course you count the US fleet who protects you whilst your sponging off the US and their people......you loser
6 Britworker (#) Dec 05th, 2012 - 11:47 pm Report abuse
Argentina (Q) “What is this fleet commander person”
UK (A) “Oh don't worry, you need a navy to have one of those”
Argentina (A) “Ah, put us down for one in 50 years”
7 reality check (#) Dec 06th, 2012 - 07:29 am Report abuse
@10

And just how many of those names on the list are British?

I don't think you even read the bloody thing!
8 Santa Fe (#) Dec 06th, 2012 - 08:13 am Report abuse
What about a list of successful Rg's????? it wont take up much server space

or number of citizens murdered in recent history, 30,0000 names !!!

or the whole native population of lands Argentina purged and stole , murdered to form Argentina today, get going trolls.

I await Think with his new troll script posting one word

Moaners etc etc its so simple
9 Ozgood (#) Dec 06th, 2012 - 10:50 am Report abuse
The colonial governments were not always mindful of the rights or human rights of the territories they annexed. This applies to Britain just as much as Argentina.
10 Santa Fe (#) Dec 06th, 2012 - 12:38 pm Report abuse
Didn't the UN recently mention the Rgs's are continuing to harass and annex native lands!! the clues in the RECENT
30,000 murdered recently
This is an ongoing persecution of native inhabitants by Argentina.
11 ProRG_American (#) Dec 06th, 2012 - 07:32 pm Report abuse
5 slattzzz (#) “@4 do you have a fleet commander..............oh thats right you don't have a fleet to command, unless of course you count the US fleet who protects you whilst your sponging off the US and their people......you loser”
What happened? Did I touch a nerve? What the hell are you talking about?

I don't live in Argentina and whether they have a fleet commander or not, it's their business. Frankly, I don't believe that there is one single Argentine exists that believes that the US Navy is out to protect them. There is a mutual assistance agreement, known as the Rio pact, but that's cold war stuff.
I don't sponge off anyone. I was born in and live in the US, pay my taxes, served in the Navy. Been to Argentina and liked it. By the way, most Americans who take the trouble to investigate the Malvinas history, and most of my countrymen don't know or care much about history, wind up agreeing with Argentina.
Don't like it? Too bad!
12 slattzzz (#) Dec 06th, 2012 - 08:15 pm Report abuse
@11 don't think so sussie. Didn't mean the US fleet would protect Argentina, meant you sponging, sorry, living in the US being protected by the US Navy even though your a foriegner. Can't believe any educated Americans would fall for the Rgenweener view of history of the Falklands for one second, especially since they had a say in it between 1831 and 33 and nearly went to war with argentina over it, USS Lexington ring any bells? Unless maybe it's because as you say they know nothing about it and believe your one sided views because they have heard no one elses. The British flag still flys over the FALKLANDS, don't like it? Too bad!
13 Santa Fe (#) Dec 06th, 2012 - 08:19 pm Report abuse
12... They are not normal bloggers just trolls so no amount of reasoning and facts will move them fro the script of maximo and the brown shirts
14 ProRG_American (#) Dec 06th, 2012 - 11:22 pm Report abuse
7 reality check (#) And just how many of those names on the list are British?
I don't think you even read the bloody thing!
Do you read the bloody thing? Just read carefully. Plenty of them there. Here is a little more “bloody” history for you and your cohorts.

www.pickeringchatto.com/major_works/british_piracy_in_the_golden_age

The list is endless. Plenty of them there to confirm it.
pirates.wikia.com/wiki/British_Royal_Navy
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:English_pirates
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Scottish_pirates
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Barbadian_pirates
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Bermudian_pirates
15 Terence Hill (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 12:55 am Report abuse
4 ProRG_American

Now to recent history Argentine pirates, Jewett and Vernet against Portugal and the US.
16 Troy Tempest (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 01:25 am Report abuse
@11 ProARG Argentinian

“I don't sponge off anyone. I was born in and live in the US, pay my taxes, served in the Navy. Been to Argentina and liked it.”

Hey, Sailorrrr !!

LOL, you? US Navy?? You - ANY navy ????!!! You -USA????!!

You're killin' me!!!

What next ?? Are you “bunking” with Dame Dover??

C'mon, there are ex-USN personnel here. Tell us some 'navy-stuff ' or we're going to have to assume this your most outrageous fiction, yet!!!

LOL - what an idiot !!!
17 Falkland Islands (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 01:39 am Report abuse
when the argies get jealous of us they tend to start name calling etc. reminds me of being at school. lol
18 briton (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 01:31 pm Report abuse
their was no british pirates full stop....
but their was a few argentine pirates.

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