New man at the top for Royal Marines

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 December 2011

the badge of office is handed over

the badge of office is handed over

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Royal Marines at Lympstone were on parade to welcome the arrival of the new man who will lead the country’s 7,000 marines.

A ceremony has been held at Lympstone to mark the arrival of the man who will lead the country’s Royal Marines.

Major General Ed Davis, OBE, was recently named Commandant General Royal Marines – taking over from Major General Buster Howes, OBE, who held the role for the last two years.

General Davis, whose appointment followed 30 years service and a recent successful tour as the commander of 3 Commando Brigade in Afghanistan, said: “I feel an enormous sense of anticipation in what the next two years holds.

“It comes at a time of great change in defence as we look to the future.”

The new Commandant General addressed the parade before attending a reception at the Lympstone Commando Training Centre.

As Commandant General of the Royal Marines, he will head the fighting arm for all 7,000 Royal Marines, is a member of the Navy Board and also the Commander UK Amphibious Forces - a deployable maritime amphibious headquarters.

The ceremony was attended by more than 250 military and civilian personnel, including Lord Burnett, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar and Lieutenant General Hejlik, from the United States Marine Corps.

During the ceremony Lt Gen Hejlik took the opportunity to present three members of 40 Commando with US Bronze Stars - awarded for service in Afghanistan during the summer of 2010.

CSgt Jason Wood said the event had been ‘emotional’ adding: “To receive this award from a coalition partner is extremely humbling.”

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