Sir Mark Stanhope was the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, the professional head of the Royal Navy from 2009 to 2013. He was responsible to the Secretary of State for the fighting effectiveness, efficiency and morale of the Naval Service.
Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope (Ret.) is a former First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Royal Navy. This is an extract from a presentation to a Lowy Institute international workshop on sea-launched nuclear weapons and strategic stability, held in Singapore earlier this year.
The role of nuclear ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) in strategic stability may seem obvious.