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Defence Committee hears from former First Sea Lord on future of the Royal Navy

4 June 2021

On Tuesday 8 June, at 2.30pm, the Defence Committee will hold the first session of its inquiry into the role of the Navy and what capabilities it needs for its work.

Purpose of the session

The session will consider the threats and opportunities the Navy faces and will address the impact of the Integrated Review and Defence Command Paper. Questions are likely to explore the notion of a ‘balanced fleet’, lethality, and collaboration with allies. The Committee will hear from a panel of two witnesses: Admiral Sir Philip Jones, former First Sea Lord, and Professor Jonathan Caverley, Professor of Strategy at the US Naval War College.


Tuesday 8 June 2021 at 2.30pm:

  • Admiral (retd) Sir Philip Jones, Former First Sea Lord (2016-2019)
  • Prof Jonathan Caverley, Professor of Strategy, US Naval War College

Admiral Sir Philip Jones retired from the Royal Navy in 2019 after a 41-year career. He served for three years as Chief of Naval Staff and First Sea Lord, a role that saw him responsible for the Navy’s £6.4 billion budget and 30,000 personnel and to the Secretary of State for Defence for the fighting effectiveness, efficiency and morale of the Naval Service. He is now Chair of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, a Trustee of the White Ensign Association, a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire, and a Trustee of the Royal United Services Institute.

Jonathan Caverley is Professor of Strategy at the US Naval War College and a research scientist in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Caverley previously served eight years as a submarine officer in the US Navy.

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