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British Forces Gibraltar

British Forces Gibraltar
Entrance to HMS Rooke at Queensway, Gibraltar - headquarters of Gibraltar Defense Police.
Entrance to HMS Rooke at Queensway, Gibraltar - headquarters of British Forces Gibraltar.
Country United Kingdom (Gibraltar)
Allegiance Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
Branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom Royal Navy
British Army Flag British Army
Royal Air Force Ensign Royal Air Force
Part of British Armed Forces, UK Ministry of Defence Joint Forces Command
Commodore Ian McGhrie

British Forces Gibraltar is the name given to the British Armed Forces stationed in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. Gibraltar is used primarily as a training area, thanks to its good climate and rocky terrain, and as a stopover for aircraft and ships en route to and from deployments East of Suez or Africa.

Permanent units

A handful of units are permanently based in Gibraltar for its territorial defence:


Commanders have included:[1]

  • Rear Admiral Jeremy Sanders (April 1992 – December 1994)
  • Major-General Simon Pack (December 1994 – April 1997)
  • Commodore Alastair Taylor (April 1997 – June 1999)
  • Commodore Andrew Willmett (June 1999 – December 2001)
  • Commodore Richard Clapp (December 2001 – May 2004)
  • Commodore David White (May 2004 – 8 January 2005)[2]
  • Commodore Allan Adair (19 January 2005 – 1 May 2007)[3]
  • Commodore Matthew Parr (1 May 2007 – February 2009)[4]
  • Commodore Adrian Bell (February 2009 – September 2010)[5]
  • Commodore Tom Karsten (September 2010 – November 2012)[6]
  • Commodore John Clink (November 2012 – August 2014)[7]
  • Commodore Ian McGhrie (August 2014 – Present)[8]


  1. ^ "Senior Royal Navy appointments". Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Body of Gibraltar commander found". BBC News. 9 January 2005. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Permanent Joint Headquarters". Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Military teams triumph in the Gibraltar Triathlon". News. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Gibraltar: British could have fired on Spanish police launch". News Focus. 12 December 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "CBF Gibraltar promotion to Rear-Admiral". Gibraltar Chronicle. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Commodore John Clink is new CPF". Gibraltar Chronicle. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "New CBF for Gibraltar as Commodore Clink Accepts Rear Admiral Promotion". Your Gibraltar. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 

External links

  • British Forces Gibraltar Community Site
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