15 Apr 2003 12:45 PM

The following routine changes among senior officers currently deployed on operations in The Gulf region are due to take effect on the following dates:

14 April - Major General Peter Wall, Chief of Staff to the National Contingent Commander, is replaced by Brigadier Barney White-Spunner, in the local rank of Major General. Next month General Wall will replace Major General Robin Brims as General Officer Commanding 1 (UK) Division, an appointment previously announced on 1 June 02. General Brims is to become Deputy Chief Joint Operations as announced in the routine appointment notice on 7 October 02.

16 April - Major General Tony Milton, Royal Marines, replaces Rear Admiral David Snelson as UK Maritime Component Commander and Coalition Deputy Maritime Component Commander. General Milton is currently the Royal Navy's Commander of Amphibious Forces and also hold the post of Commandant General Royal Marines. Rear Admiral Snelson returns to UK to resume his duties as Commander UK Maritime Forces.

29 April - Captain Chris Clayton will replace Captain Adrian Johns as Commanding Officer of HMS Ocean. This was first announced on 24 February. Captain Johns becomes Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff on 27 May.