The chairman of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust has announced his retirement after seven years.
Sir Ian Garnett will succeed Sir Nicholas at the dockyard trust
Admiral Sir Nicholas Hunt, 74, joined the dockyard after the death of Sir William Staveley, at the start of a £17m capital development programme.
The dockyard said Sir Nicholas had worked to ensure it was now a successful tourist destination and leading museum and education resource.
His successor, Admiral Sir Ian Garnett, 60, takes up the job on 1 February.
'Privilege and challenge'
"With the Trust now being in a stronger financial position, its community flourishing and its tourism results improving every year, it is time to hand over to a very able successor," said Sir Nicholas.
Sir Ian's naval career culminated in his role as chief of staff at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.
In his early years with the Navy, he spent two years living in the Captain's House in the heart of the area now known as the Historic Dockyard.
His father was captain of the dockyard at the time.
"I was delighted to be asked to be chairman of this tremendous institution," said Sir Ian.
"I consider it not only a privilege but a great challenge."
He said his priority was to find appropriate uses for the dockyard's remaining empty buildings.