David Williams (Royal Navy officer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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)

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

Naval career[edit]

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[edit]

  1. ^ Whitakers Almanack 1979
  2. ^ Royal Navy Club of 1765 & 1785 (United in 1889)
  3. ^ New Governor arrives today 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