Port Admiral, Gibraltar

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Office of the
Port Admiral, Gibraltar
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Navy Department
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
PrecursorAdmiral-Superintendent, Gibraltar Dockyard
FormationSeptember, 1971
First holderRear-Admiral Arthur Rodney Barry Sturdee
Final holderRear-Admiral Geoffrey Biggs
AbolishedApril 1992

The Port Admiral, Gibraltar was a senior British Royal Navy appointment established 15 September 1971 when all remaining flag officers in the Royal Navy holding dual positions of Admiral Superintendents at Royal Dockyards were renamed as Port Admirals.[1] The previous office of Admiral-Superintendent, Gibraltar Dockyard was abolished and this office holder then assumed those duties and a new title. The office existed until April 1992 when it was abolished.


The office was first created in September 1971 following the appointment of Rear-Admiral Arthur Rodney Barry Sturdee The office holder was responsible for the command of the Port of Gibraltar including RN Base Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Dockyard in April 1992 this office was abolished.

Office Holders


  1. Rear-Admiral Arthur Rodney Barry Sturdee: 15 September 1971-January 1972
  2. Rear-Admiral Hubert W.E. Hollins: January 1972-May 1974
  3. Rear-Admiral Sefton R. Sandford: May 1974-September 1976
  4. Rear-Admiral Michael L. Stacey: September 1976-January 1979
  5. Rear-Admiral Gwynedd Pritchard: January 1979-January 1981
  6. Rear-Admiral D. John Mackenzie: January 1981-January 1983
  7. Rear-Admiral George Vallings: January 1983-March 1985
  8. Rear-Admiral Peter G.V. Dingemans: March 1985-September 1987
  9. Rear-Admiral the Hon. Nicholas J. Hill-Norton: September 1987-January 1990
  10. Rear-Admiral Geoffrey Biggs January 1990-April 1992


  1. "1971 - Admiral Superintendents become Port Admirals - Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust". portsmouthdockyard.org.uk. Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  2. "Admiralty Waters (Gibraltar) Order, 1972:Control over Admiralty Waters shall be vested in the Senior Naval Officer (whose title, at the time of making this Order, is the Flag Officer and Port Admiral, Gibraltar". gibraltarlaws.gov.gi. Gibraltar: Government of Gibraltar. p. 4. Retrieved 10 March 2020.