Air Marshal 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 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 United States Air Force flying the F16C before returning to the Jaguar as a Flight Commander.  After a short ground-based tour in central Iraq, he assumed command of XIII Squadron flying the Tornado GR4 and later, as Air Officer Scotland, took command of RAF Leuchars, flying Typhoon.  Air Marshal Mayhew has amassed nearly 3000 flying hours and logged over 200 operational sorties. 

In the Ministry of Defence, he has been the Senior Appointments Team Leader and the Assistant Director (Joint Strike) in the Directorate of Joint Capability.  He was the Deputy Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards, and worked in the Cabinet Office as the Deputy Director responsible for the Defence and Homeland Security aspects of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Mayhew 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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