Navy chiefs have been forced to advertise for a rear-admiral on LinkedIn, in an unprecedented move that has exposed significant recruitment gaps in the submarine service.
The chosen candidate will replace Rear-Admiral Simon Asquith as director of submarines and will be responsible for “elite operations” and the nation’s nuclear deterrent, according to the advertisement.
Normally, senior naval officers rise through the ranks, but it is understood there is currently no one serving who is suitable for the £150,000-a-year, two-star position and also wants it.