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Bruce Williams (Royal Navy officer)

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Rear Admiral Bruce Nicholas Bromley Williams CBE is a retired Royal Navy officer.

Bruce Williams
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Commodore Williams (standing) 4 April 2007.
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1980–2015
RankRear admiral
Commands heldHMS Norfolk
HMS Campbeltown
AwardsCommander of the Order of the British Empire

Naval careerEdit

Williams joined the Royal Navy in 1980.[1] He became commanding officer of the frigate HMS Norfolk in 1998 and commanding officer of the frigate HMS Campbeltown in 2003.[1] He went on to be commander of Combined Task Force 58 (Northern Gulf / Southern Iraq) in 2005 and then Commander UK Task Group and Deputy Commander UK Maritime Force in 2006.[1]

In late 2006 he was assigned to the command of Combined Task Force 150, a multinational squadron of ships serving under the US Fifth Fleet assigned to maritime security operations in the Indian Ocean. During this command, which coincided with the war in Somalia between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), backed by the forces of Ethiopia against the Islamic Courts Union (ICU), Williams led the task force performing naval interdiction off the Somali coast of during the Battle of Ras Kamboni in January 2007 to prevent the escape of wanted terrorists associated with Al-Qaeda.[2] Williams turned over command of Task Force 150 to French Navy Rear Admiral Alain Hinden on 4 April 2007.[3]

Williams became Deputy Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College in 2008, before being promoted to rear admiral and taking up the appointment as Chief of Staff to NATO's Allied Maritime Command Naples in 2009.[1] He went on to be Deputy Director General and Chief of Staff of the European Union Military Staff in Brussels in 2011.[1] He retired from the Navy in 2015.[4]

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Rear Admiral Bruce Williams" (PDF). European Union. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Combined Task Force 150 Maintains Presence Off East Coast of Africa". United States Navy. 5 January 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2007.
  3. ^ "Royal Navy Completes Term as Task Force 150 Commander". United States Navy. 4 April 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Rear Admiral Bruce Williams CBE BSc CCMI" (PDF). Kings College, London. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  5. ^ "No. 58557". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2007. p. 4.

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