Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Defence, said:
I am pleased to announce the appointment of the successor to the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), General Sir David Richards.
General Sir Nicholas Houghton will assume this role in July 2013. I look forward to working with Sir Nicholas as we continue radical reforms to the Ministry of Defence and deliver Future Force 2020.
I pay tribute to the leadership Sir David has shown as CDS during a period of significant change in the military environment while securing operational successes across the globe, including in Afghanistan and Libya.