New Governor arriving 26 October

Gibraltar's new Governor, Sir Adrian Johns, will be arriving to take up his post at the Convent on Monday 26 October .

In a two line statement a Convent Spokesperson said yesterday:

"His Excellency The Governor, Sir Robert Fulton KBE, will leave Gibraltar on 21 October 2009.

Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns KCB CBE will arrive to take up his appointment as Governor of Gibraltar on 26 October 2009."

Born in Redruth, Cornwall, educated at a Cornish Grammar School and later at Imperial College, London, Adrian Johns joined the Royal Navy in 1973. After service in the submarine Rorqual and HM Ships Whitby and Sheraton, he trained as a helicopter pilot, specialising in anti-submarine warfare. Following a tour with 824 Squadron flying Sea Kings embarked for the final commission of the old Ark Royal, he qualified as a flying instructor in 1979, serving at RNAS Culdrose.

Promoted to Commander in 1988, Adrian Johns then spent a short period in China. He took command of his fourth ship, HMS Campbeltown, in 1995, serving in home waters and abroad, including 7 months as the NATO Flagship for a deployment which encompassed UN embargo operations in the Adriatic, counter-drug work in the Caribbean, and exercises with former Soviet states in the Baltic. He was appointed CBE in the New Year's Honours List 2001.

Following the Higher Command and Staff Course at Shrivenham in early 2001, he served for nearly two years as Commanding Officer of HMS Ocean, an appointment which included three operational deployments to the Middle East, including military action against Iraq in the spring of 2003. On relinquishing command and promotion to Flag Rank, he took up his appointment as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff in May 2003 and was selected as Rear Admiral Fleet Air Arm in October 2003. On the 25th October 2005 he was promoted to Vice Admiral and took up the appointment of Second Sea Lord and Commander in Chief Naval Home Command.

Adrian Johns enjoys music, cycling, surfing and the outdoor life in general. He married Suzie in 1976 and they live with their son and three daughters in London.