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27 Admirals at Dartmouth service for one of their own

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 12, 2012

The service of thanksgiving at BRNC Dartmouth for the late Admiral Sir David Williams GCB

The service of thanksgiving at BRNC Dartmouth for the late Admiral Sir David Williams GCB

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Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth was the scene for a sombre service of thanksgiving for one of the UK's leading naval officers.

Admiral Sir David Williams died on July 16 at the age of 91.

He had enjoyed an illustrious career during which he served at sea throughout the Second World War.

He was appointed the Flag Officer Second-in-Command Far East Fleet in 1970 and Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel in 1974.

Between 1976 until his retirement in 1979 Admiral Williams served as the Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command.

In 1982, he was appointed Governor of Gibraltar, holding the position for three years.

The service of thanksgiving was held in the college chapel with Admiral Williams' widow, Lady Pippa, among the family and friends gathered.

A total of 27 admirals were in attendance, including the current First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, who represented the Queen and Prince Philip.

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