Charles Williams (Royal Navy)
Charles Bernard Williams CB OBE (19 February 1925 – 11 June 2015) was an officer of the Royal Navy who rose to the rank of rear admiral. He was chairman of the Whitbread Round the World Race from 1981 to 1990.
Williams was born in Grahamstown, South Africa, in 1925. He joined the Royal Navy soon after the start of the Second World War and became an engineering officer. He worked on ships of the Russian convoys and those providing gun fire support during the Normandy landings.
He was appointed OBE for his work at the shore base HMS Sheba repairing British ships involved in the blockade of Beira. He was made CB on his retirement in 1980 by which time he was Flag Officer, Medway and Port Admiral at Chatham Naval Base.
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