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New Governor arrives next week

Gibraltar’s new Governor and Commander in Chief, Lieutenant General Edward Grant Martin Davis, will arrive on the Rock on Tuesday January 19.

Lt Gen Davis, a decorated UK Special Forces veteran whose last post was as the Deputy Commander of NATO’s Land Forces, will be arriving together with his wife Lorraine on-board RFA Mounts Bay at 10am.

Following their arrival they will be welcomed by the acting Governor Alison MacMillan and Chief Minister Fabian Picardo at the Tower in the naval base.

At the short welcome ceremony the Royal Gibraltar Regiment will be firing a 17-gun salute.

After this the Commander British Forces Commodore Ian McGhie will introduce Lt Gen Davis to senior officers from British Forces Gibraltar.

Lt Gen Davis will then make his way to Parliament for a swearing-in ceremony.

He will succeed Sir James Dutton, who stepped down as Governor last year just two years into a three-year stint.

Lt Gen Davis, 52, has held top roles in Britain’s elite military units for many years including Chief of Staff UK Special Forces, Director of Special Projects Capability Acquisition and Commanding Officer of the Special Boat Services.

Prior to his NATO role, he was Commandant General of the Royal Marines and UK Amphibious Forces.

He has also twice been deployed to Afghanistan – most recently as Commander of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines - for which he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2012 in recognition of his “gallant and distinguished services”.

He has served in the Bosnian war.