Commodore Steve Dainton at supersession ceremony as he is apppointed new Commander of British Forces Gibraltar 150720 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY
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New Commander Takes Over British Forces Gibraltar

Commodore Tim Henry has stood down after 22 months in charge of British Forces Gibraltar to take up a senior post at NATO headquarters.

Commodore Steve Dainton at supersession ceremony as he is apppointed new Commander of British Forces Gibraltar 150720 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY

British Forces Gibraltar has appointed a new commander during a socially-distanced supersession ceremony.

Commodore Tim Henry handed over the reigns to his successor Commodore Steve Dainton at Gibraltar's historic Tower headquarters.

The former Commanding Officer of HMS Ocean and HMS Portland stood down after 22 months in the Mediterranean to take up a senior post at NATO’s headquarters in Belgium.

Commodore Steve Dainton takes up the new role having attended the Royal College of Defence Studies.

Before that, he commanded the Navy’s key operations in the Middle East as UK Maritime Component Commander for two years, dealing with terrorism, piracy and maritime security operations.

"I am delighted to have arrived in Gibraltar, taking over as Commander British Forces,” he told his new staff.

"It is an honour and a privilege to be here and I look forward to working with each and every one of you."

Commodore Henry was waved off by personnel as he left with his family on board HMS Sabre (Picture: Royal Navy).

The new commnader received a Guard of Honour from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and also inspected the soldiers during the ceremony that was attended by both military and civilian personnel.

Outgoing commander, Commodore Henry, left The Tower on board patrol boat HMS Sabre with his wife and daughter.  

They were waved off by staff and escorted by Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron vessels HMS Scimitar, HMS Pursuer and HMS Dasher, as well as boats from the Gibraltar Defence Police maritime section.

Cover image: Commodore Steve Dainton during the socially-distanced supersession ceremony (Picture: Royal Navy).