Rear Admiral Andy Kyte CB

Royal Navy
Chief Naval Logistics Officer
Logistics Management Division March Meeting

Rear Admiral Kyte joined the Royal Navy as a Logistics Officer in 1987. Junior appointments included tours in the aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL and the Type 21 frigate HMS ACTIVE, and on the staff of the Senior Naval Officer Northern Ireland.

Following promotion to Lieutenant Commander in 1996, he joined the Type 22 Frigate HMS CHATHAM supporting two deployments to the Arabian Gulf and the Far East. After an appointment on the staff at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, he served as the Deputy Base Logistics Officer in Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport.

Promoted to Commander in 2002, he served on the staff of Flag Officer Sea Training and the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters. In 2006, he joined the amphibious assault ship HMS BULWARK as Commander Logistics, before moving to the Equipment Capability area of the Ministry of Defence, responsible for the Navy’s replacement support shipping programme.

He joined the Army’s 8 Engineer Brigade on promotion to Captain in February 2009, deploying later that year to Afghanistan as the Deputy Commander, HQ Joint Force Support. In 2010, he took up the appointment of Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff (Logistic Operations and Plans) in Navy Command HQ. He assumed the post of Secretary to the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff in March 2012.

In August 2014, he was promoted to Commodore and appointed Head of Defence Logistic Operations and Capability, responsible for the provision of strategic level logistic planning and direction in support of current and contingent operations. He took command of the Standing Joint Force Logistic Component HQ in 2017, deploying to the Republic of Korea for Ex KEY RESOLVE and Oman for SAIF SAREEA 3. He assumed the role of Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Support Operations) and Chief Naval Logistic Officer in November 2018 on promotion to Rear Admiral. He was Director Increasing Defence Outputs Study and will take up the 3* post of Chief of Defence Logistics and Support (CDLS), in the rank of Vice Admiral, from September 2023.

Rear Admiral Kyte is a graduate of the Higher Command and Staff Course and attended the inaugural UK/US Rising Leaders Forum in 2014. He holds a BA in Modern History and an MA in Defence Studies. He is President of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Surfing Association and a VicePresident and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He was appointed CB in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List for his contribution to Defence’s response to the COVID pandemic.

Rear Admiral Andy Kyte