Adrian Johns

Vice Admiral Sir Adrian James Johns, KCB, CBE, DL (born 1 September 1951) is a former senior officer in the Royal Navy, serving as Second Sea Lord between 2005 and 2008. He was the Governor of Gibraltar between 2009 and 2013.[1][2]

Sir Adrian Johns

Johns at his swearing-in ceremony as Governor of Gibraltar, 26 October 2009.
Governor of Gibraltar
In office
26 October 2009  13 November 2013
MonarchElizabeth II
Chief MinisterPeter Caruana
Fabian Picardo
Preceded bySir Robert Fulton
Succeeded bySir James Dutton
Personal details
Born1 September 1951 (1951-09) (age 68)
Redruth, Cornwall
Alma materImperial College London
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceRoyal Navy
Years of service1973–2013
RankVice Admiral
CommandsNaval Home Command
HMS Ocean
HMS Campbeltown
HMS Ariadne
HMS Juno
HMS Yarnton
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
Knight of Justice of the Order of St John

Early life and education

Johns was born on 1 September 1951.[3] He was educated at Newquay Grammar School in Cornwall and then Imperial College London, where he studied physics.[4]

Johns joined the Royal Navy in 1973. On 1 September 1975, he was promoted to lieutenant, with seniority from 1 January 1975.[5] After his initial postings, Johns trained as a helicopter pilot and then served as a Westland Sea King pilot with 824 Naval Air Squadron aboard HMS Ark Royal. He became a flying instructor in 1979. In 1981, he was given his first command on board HMS Yarnton in Hong Kong and was promoted to lieutenant commander on 16 October 1982.[6] After holding other naval posts, he was promoted to commander on 30 June 1988[7] and then commanded the frigates HMS Juno and HMS Ariadne between 1988 and 1990.[8]

Johns attained the rank of captain on 31 December 1994.[9] Between various appointments at the Ministry of Defence, he held the command of the frigate HMS Campbeltown from 1995 to 1996.[8]

Johns was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2001 New Year Honours.[10] Later that year, he took command of the amphibious assault ship HMS Ocean. It was deployed to Iraq in spring 2003. Following this tour, Johns received a Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service, gazetted on 31 October 2003.[11] He relinquished command of the Ocean on his promotion to rear admiral in May 2003.[12]

Johns became Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff in May 2003. In October 2005, he was promoted to vice admiral and appointed Second Sea Lord and Commander in Chief of Naval Home Command.[13] The 2008 New Year Honours saw him appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB).[14] He was succeeded as Second Sea Lord by Vice-Admiral Alan Massey in July 2008.[8]

On 9 June 2009, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced that Johns would succeed Sir Robert Fulton as Governor of Gibraltar later that year.[15][16] Johns arrived at Gibraltar on board HMS Lancaster and was sworn into the office of Governor of Gibraltar on Monday 26 October 2009.[8] He is a patron of the armed forces career management charity Soldier On![17]

On 2 February 2011, Johns was appointed a Knight of the Order of St. John, an honour in the personal gift of Her Majesty The Queen.[18]

Honours and awards

Viceregal styles of
Sir Adrian Johns
Reference styleHis Excellency
Spoken styleYour Excellency

Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)[14]2008
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)[10]2001
Knight of the Order of St John (KStJ)[18] 2011
General Service Medal
NATO medal for the former Yugoslavia
Iraq Medal
OSM Afghanistan
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal2002
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal2012


  1. "New swearing in ceremony for Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns". Gibraltar Chronicle. 26 October 2009. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  2. "GBC News online report video of Sir Adrian Johns' departure". Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  3. Rock Talk, issue no. 4 (April 2010), page 10
  4. Gibraltar International Finance and Business
  5. "No. 46674". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 September 1975. p. 11107.
  6. "No. 49136". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 October 1982. p. 13231.
  7. "No. 51406". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 July 1988. p. 7963.
  8. "Vice-admiral Sir Adrian Johns KCB, CBE—New governor arrives Monday" Archived 27 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Gibraltar Chronicle, 23 October 2009.
  9. "No. 53902". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1994. p. 53.
  10. "No. 56070". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2000. p. 5.
  11. "No. 57100". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 October 2003. p. 6.
  12. "No. 57096". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 October 2003. p. 13295.
  13. "No. 57795". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 October 2005. p. 13753.
  14. "No. 58557". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2007. p. 2.
  15. "Change of Governor of Gibraltar (09/06/2009)", Foreign and Commonwealth Office news. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  16. "Change of Governor for Gibraltar" Archived 27 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Gibraltar Chronicle, 10 June 2009.
  17. "Our Patrons". Soldier on!. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  18. "The London Gazette, Order of St John notices", The London Gazette, 9 February 2011.
Military offices
Preceded by
Timothy McClement
Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Alan Massey
Preceded by
Sir James Burnell-Nugent
Second Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Alan Massey
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Fulton
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Sir James Dutton
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