David Williams (Royal Navy officer)

Admiral Sir David Williams, GCB (22 October 1921 – 16 July 2012) was a senior officer in the Royal Navy and Governor of Gibraltar.

Sir David Williams
Born(1921-10-22)22 October 1921
Ashford, Kent
Died16 July 2012(2012-07-16) (aged 90)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1935–79
RankAdmiral
Commands heldCommander-in-Chief Naval Home Command
Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel
Director-General, Naval Manpower and Training
Flag Officer Second-in-Command Far East Fleet
Flag Officer, Second Flotilla
Britannia Royal Naval College
HMS Devonshire
HMS Jewel
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Mentioned in Despatches
Other workGovernor of Gibraltar (1982–85)

Williams was appointed Flag Officer Second-in-Command Far East Fleet in 1970. Appointed Flag Officer, Second Flotilla from March 1971 to March 1972. He was then Director-General, Naval Manpower and Training from April 1972 to February 1974. He was then promoted to Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel in 1974; and then Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command from 1976 to 1979 when he retired.[1]

Between 1980 and 1982 he was Chairman of the Royal Navy Club of 1765 & 1785 (United in 1889).[2] On 26 October 1982 he became the Governor of Gibraltar.[3] He held this position for three years until 19 November 1985.

He was a Vice-President of the Friends of Gibraltar Heritage Society.[4]

References

  1. Whitakers Almanack 1979
  2. Royal Navy Club of 1765 & 1785 (United in 1889)
  3. New Governor arrives today Archived 22 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine 26 October 1982
  4. "Friends of Gibraltar Heritage Society Newsletter No 83 April 2008" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2008.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Derek Empson
Second Sea Lord
1974–1976
Succeeded by
Sir Gordon Tait
Preceded by
Sir Terence Lewin
Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command
1976–1979
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Clayton
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir William Jackson
Governor of Gibraltar
1982–1985
Succeeded by
Peter Terry
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