David Williams (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir David Williams
Born (1921-10-22)22 October 1921
Ashford, Kent
Died 16 July 2012(2012-07-16) (aged 90)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1935–79
Rank Admiral
Commands held Naval Home Command
Britannia Royal Naval College
HMS Devonshire
HMS Jewel
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Mentioned in Despatches
Other work Governor 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 and Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel in 1974; he was 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]


  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
Succeeded by
Sir Gordon Tait
Preceded by
Sir Terence Lewin
Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Clayton
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir William Jackson
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Peter Terry