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The Future of the Royal Navy: A Conversation with First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Ben Key

February 16, 2022 • 3:00 – 3:45 pm EST

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Please join the CSIS International Security Program for a conversation with Admiral Sir Ben Key KCB CBE, the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff. Admiral Key will join Dr. Seth G. Jones, CSIS Senior Vice President and Director of the International Security Program, to discuss the priorities of the Royal Navy, U.K.-U.S. naval cooperation, the future of naval warfare, and future growth capabilities of the Royal Navy.

Admiral Sir Ben Key has served in the Royal Navy for more than 38 years. He began his role as First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff in November 2021. Prior to this, he served as Chief of Joint Operations. His ship commands include the mine hunter HMS Sandown, the frigates HMS Iron Duke and HMS Lancaster, and the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. Admiral Key is qualified as both helicopter aircrew and as a Principal Warfare Officer. He was appointed CBE in 2016 and KCB in 2021.

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

Seth G. Jones
Senior Vice President; Harold Brown Chair; and Director, International Security Program