A Governor who displays some testicular fortitude regarding illegal Spanish incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters would not go amiss. Diplomatically worded communiques from the FCO don’t seem to be working.
Royal Marine tipped as new Governor
by Dominique Searle
Lieutenant-General Sir James Dutton is emerging as one of the frontline names to take on the role of Governor of Gibraltar in September.
The Chronicle understands that the appointment of a new Governor still has to be approved by the prime Minister.
Sir James Dutton was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1972.
On promotion to Brigadier he was appointed as Director NATO Policy in the MOD, responsible for NATO and Western European security policy. After the terrorist attacks in the USA in September 2001, he was sent to Washington DC as the Chief of Defence Staff’s liaison officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon.
He commanded 3 Commando Brigade from July 2002 to May 2004. He returned to Iraq in 2005 to command the Multinational Division (SE), based in Basra. Handing over as CGRM in June 2006 he spent a short time as COS (Capability) in the Fleet HQ. In February 2007 he was appointed as COS (Operations) in the UK’s Permanent Joint HQ.
Promoted to Lieutenant General in October 2008, he was appointed as Deputy Commander of the International Security and Assistance Force in Afghanistan from November 2008 to November 2009.
He retired from the Royal Marines in May 2010.