Adrian Johns

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His Excellency Vice Admiral
Sir Adrian Johns
Adrian johns1.jpg
Johns at his swearing-in ceremony as Governor of Gibraltar, 26 October 2009.
Governor of Gibraltar
In office
26 October 2009 – 13 November 2013
Chief Minister
Preceded by Sir Robert Fulton
Succeeded by Sir James Dutton
Personal details
Born 1951 (age 62–63)
Redruth, Cornwall,
United Kingdom
Alma mater Imperial College London
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1973–present
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands
Battles/wars Iraq War
Awards

Vice Admiral Sir Adrian James Johns KCBCBEKStJADC (born 1951)[1] is a former senior officer in the Royal Navy, serving as Second Sea Lord between 2005 and 2008. He was the Governor of Gibraltar between 2009 and 2013.[2][3]

Naval career[edit]

Johns joined the Royal Navy in 1973 following his education at Newquay grammar school in Cornwall and then Imperial College London, where he studied physics.[4] On 1 September 1975, he was promoted to lieutenant, with seniority from 1 January 1975.[5] After his initial postings, Johns trained as a helicopter pilot and then served as a Westland Sea King pilot with 824 Naval Air Squadron aboard HMS Ark Royal. He became a flying instructor in 1979. In 1981, he was given his first command on board HMS Yarnton in Hong Kong and was promoted to lieutenant commander on 16 October 1982.[6] After holding other naval posts, he was promoted to commander on 30 June 1988[7] and then commanded the frigates HMS Juno and HMS Ariadne between 1988 and 1990.

Johns attained the rank of captain on 31 December 1994.[8] Between various appointments at the Ministry of Defence, he held the command of the frigate HMS Campbeltown from 1995 to 1996.

Johns was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2001 New Year Honours.[9] Later that year, he took command of the amphibious assault ship HMS Ocean. It was deployed to Iraq in spring 2003. Following this tour, Johns received a Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service, gazetted on 31 October 2003.[10] He relinquished command of the Ocean on his promotion to rear admiral in May 2003.[11]

Johns became Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff in May 2003. In October 2005, he was promoted to vice admiral and appointed Second Sea Lord and Commander in Chief of Naval Home Command.[12] The 2008 New Year Honours saw him appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB).[13] He was succeeded as Second Sea Lord by Vice-Admiral Alan Massey in a ceremony on board HMS Victory on 15 July 2008.

On 9 June 2009, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced that Johns would succeed Sir Robert Fulton as Governor of Gibraltar later that year.[14][15] Johns arrived at Gibraltar on board HMS Lancaster and was sworn into the office of Governor of Gibraltar on Monday 26 October 2009.[16][17] He is a patron of the armed forces career management charity Soldier On![18]

On 2 February 2011, Johns was appointed a Knight of the Order of St. John, an honour in the personal gift of Her Majesty The Queen.[19]

Honours and awards[edit]

Viceregal styles of
Sir Adrian Johns
Coat of arms of Gibraltar1.svg
Reference style His Excellency
Spoken style Your Excellency
Alternative style Sir

Order of the Bath

Order of the British Empire (Military) Order of St John General Service Medal NATO Medal (Yugoslavia)

Iraq Medal Operational Service Medal (Afghanistan) Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)[20] 2008
Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)[21] 2001
Order of St John (UK) ribbon.png Knight of the Order of St John (KStJ)[22] 2011
General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg General Service Medal
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg NATO medal for the former Yugoslavia
Iraq Medal BAR.svg Iraq Medal
OSM for Afghanistan BAR.svg OSM Afghanistan
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rock Talk, issue no. 4 (April 2010), page 10
  2. ^ "New swearing in ceremony for Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns". Gibraltar Chronicle. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  3. ^ "GBC News online report video of Sir Adrian Johns' departure". Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  4. ^ Gibraltar International Finance and Business
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 46674. p. 11107. 1 September 1975. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49136. p. 13231. 11 October 1982. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 51406. p. 7963. 11 July 1988. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 53902. p. 53. 30 December 1994. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56070. p. 5. 30 December 2000. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57100. p. 6. 31 October 2003. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57096. p. 13295. 31 October 2003. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57795. p. 13753. 25 October 2005. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58557. p. 2. 29 December 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2007.
  14. ^ "Change of Governor of Gibraltar (09/06/2009)", Foreign and Commonwealth Office news. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  15. ^ "Change of Governor for Gibraltar", Gibraltar Chronicle, 10 June 2009.
  16. ^ New Governor sworn in
  17. ^ "Vice-admiral Sir Adrian Johns KCB, CBE—New governor arrives Monday", Gibraltar Chronicle, 23 October 2009.
  18. ^ "Our Patrons". Soldier on!. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "The London Gazette, Order of St John notices", The London Gazette, 9 February 2011.
  20. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58557. p. 2. 29 December 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2007.
  21. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56070. p. 5. 30 December 2000. Retrieved 25 June 2008.
  22. ^ "The London Gazette, Order of St John notices", The London Gazette, 9 February 2011.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Timothy McClement
Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Alan Massey
Preceded by
Sir James Burnell-Nugent
Second Sea Lord
2005–2008
Succeeded by
Sir Alan Massey
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Fulton
Governor of Gibraltar
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Sir James Dutton