General Houghton named new Chief of Defence Staff

Sir Nicholas Houghton was awarded his knighthood by the Queen in 2008. Credit: Johnny Green/PA

General Sir Nicholas Houghton has been named as the new Chief of the Defence Staff and will replace General Sir David Richards from July.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed the appointment and said: "I look forward to working with Sir Nicholas as we continue radical reforms to the Ministry of Defence and deliver Future Force 2020."

He paid tribute to the outgoing General Richards and "the leadership he has shown (amid) a period of significant change in the military environment while securing operational successes across the globe, including in Afghanistan and Libya."