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Senior UK commander highlights Rock’s military role

Rear Admiral Tony Radakin Chief-of-Staff Joint Forces Command (COS JFC) made a visit to British Forces Gibraltar. It was the COS JFC first visit to Gibraltar since assuming his appointment in Jan 16. During is time he was accompainied by Commander British Forces Commodore Ian McGhie. The Rear Admiral made a visit to RAF Gibraltar and meet with personnel including RAF Station Commander Wing Commander Liz Hutchinson.On his second familiarisation day he met with His Excellency The Governor of Gibraltar Lieutenant General Edward Davis at the Convent, then the opportunity for discussions with the Chief Minister for Gibraltar Fabian Picardo. Later that same day the Chief of Staff met with Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron and set sail with the patrol boat HMS Sabre around Gibraltar Territorial Waters. During his visit Rear Admiral Radakin met various personnel from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment including Commanding Officer Lt Col Ivor Lopez and Bandmaster WO1 Simmons at the Bandblock. COS was also informed of the progress made on the Euston Project seeing first hand the result of the new Officer's Mess, Gibraltar Defence Police new building premises and progress at Four Corners accomadtion and the new purpose building for BFBS. Photo by Cpl Scott Robertson RAF Command Photographer British Forces Gibraltar

The Chief of Staff Joint Forces Command, Rear Admiral Tony Radakin, yesterday highlighted Gibraltar’s important strategic role during his first visit to the Rock since assuming the post last January.

As part of his familiarisation tour, Rear Admiral Radakin visited various elements of Command including RAF Gibraltar, the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron and the Gibraltar Defence Police.

“The visit has given me the opportunity to meet some of the men and women serving within British Forces Gibraltar and I am particularly impressed by the strong working relationship between the military and civilian workforce, as well as the support of the Government of Gibraltar, who deliver winning effect to demonstrate sovereignty and maintain this important strategic base,” he said.

Rear Admiral Radakin holds one of the most senior posts within the British military hierarchy.

He is part of the senior team at the head of a command providing the foundation and supporting framework for successful operations, ensuring joint capabilities such as medical services, training, intelligence, information systems and cyber-operations are developed and managed.

Joint Forces Command also provides the command and control for overseas defence operations.

As part of the visit, Rear Admiral Radakin also patrolled British Gibraltar territorial waters on board HMS Sabre, where he was briefed by Commodore Ian McGhie, the Commander British Forces, and Gibraltar Squadron personnel.

Rear Admiral Radakin also met with the Governor, Lieutenant General Edward Davis, and paid a courtesy call on the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo.