Air Marshal Sir Gerry M Mayhew


The Deputy Commander Operations is the senior Royal Air Force war fighter responsible for the conduct of air operations at home and overseas.

Working together with other Services and international operational commanders, he oversees the generation and employment of air power in all environments.

This wide remit includes the Air Defence of the United Kingdom, the delivery of intervention operations abroad and the conduct of humanitarian and disaster relief operations.


Air Marshal Sir Gerry Mayhew was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1988. After a tour as an Air Traffic Control Officer in RAF Germany, he re-mustered as a pilot and was posted to the Jaguar. He became a Qualified Weapons Instructor and completed an operational exchange tour with the USAF flying the F16C before returning to the Jaguar. After a short ground-based tour in Iraq, he assumed command of XIII Squadron flying the Tornado GR4 and later, as Air Officer Scotland, took command of RAF Leuchars, flying Typhoon. He has amassed nearly 3000 flying hours and logged over 200 operational sorties.

His staff tours have predominantly been in the Ministry of Defence, London, ranging from personnel management and concepts to the development of Joint Capability. He was also the Deputy Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards, and worked in the Cabinet Office as a Deputy Director for the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

As an Air Vice-Marshal (2*), Sir Gerry commanded the RAF’s No 1 Group, responsible for the force generation of all RAF Combat Air, ISTAR and Battlespace Management capabilities, as well as the UK JFAC. He subsequently joined the Air Force Board as the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, responsible for the strategic coherence and coordination of the RAF. Promoted to Air Marshal (3*), he took up his current post as Deputy Commander (Operations) in April 2019. He was made a CBE in 2015 and was knighted (KCB) in 2022.

Sir Gerry has completed the Advanced and Higher Command and Staff Courses, and the UK Pinnacle Course. He is President of RAF Rugby Union.

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Career history

1988 - commissioned into the Royal Air Force

2019 - promoted to Air Marshal (3*) and became Deputy Commander (Operations)


2015 - CBE

2022 - KCB