British Forces Gibraltar
|British Forces Gibraltar|
|Country||United Kingdom (Gibraltar)|
|Allegiance||Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom|
|Branch|| Royal Navy
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.
A handful of units are permanently based in Gibraltar for its territorial defence:
- HQ, British Forces Gibraltar
- Royal Gibraltar Regiment - the territory's permanently based light infantry battalion, consisting of both regular and reserve elements.
- Joint Provost and Security Unit
- Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron - two Scimitar class patrol boats, HMS Scimitar and HMS Sabre, and three Pacific 24 RHIBs
- RAF Gibraltar - Gibraltar's military airfield has no resident units, but is utilised as and when required by aircraft on deployment or exercise.
- Gibraltar Defence Police - a civilian police force responsible for enforcing civil law on MoD property in Gibraltar, and is responsible to Commander, British Forces Gibraltar.
Commanders have included:
- 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 – January 2005)
- Commodore Allan Adair (January 2005 – May 2007)
- Commodore Matthew Parr (May 2007 – February 2009)
- Commodore Adrian Bell (February 2009 – September 2010)
- Commodore Tom Karsten (September 2010 – November 2012)
- Commodore John Clink (November 2012 – August 2014)
- Commodore Ian McGhrie (August 2014 – Present)
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- "Gibraltar: British could have fired on Spanish police launch". News Focus. 12 December 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- "CBF Gibraltar promotion to Rear-Admiral". Gibraltar Chronical. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- "Commodore John Clink is new CPF". Gibraltar Chronicle. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- "New CBF for Gibraltar as Commodore Clink Accepts Rear Admiral Promotion". Your Gibraltar. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.