Lieutenant Commander Thomas Williams

Lieutenant Commander Thomas Williams joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 2000 from Perth, WA, attending the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell. The then Midshipman Williams commenced Junior Warfare Application Course before attending the Australian Defence Force Academy in 2001-2003, culminating in the award of his Bachelor of Arts degree.

As a trainee Maritime Warfare Officer he served on HMA Ships Manoora, Newcastle and Huon before being awarded his Bridge Warfare Certificate in June 2005 on HMAS Ballarat

Lieutenant Williams went on to instruct at the Navigation Faculty at HMAS Watson and completed Intermediate Navigation Course in 2007. Subsequently, he has been employed as the Navigating Officer of Huon Class Coastal Minehunters, Armidale Class Patrol Boats and a Royal New Zealand Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel. During his time in the surface fleet Lieutenant Williams took part in a number of South East Asian Deployments and holds the Operational Service Medal for his contribution to Operation RESOLUTE.

Lieutenant Williams left the Navy in 2010 where he moved with his family to Hobart, Tasmania. He continued his involvement with the Navy through the Naval Reserves and returned to the permanent Navy in 2013. Upon returning, Lieutenant Williams took part in an exchange with the Royal New Zealand Navy and was employed as the Navigating Officer of HMNZS Wellington which was tasked with a resupply operation to the remote Kermadec Islands.

On return to Australia Lieutenant Williams commenced Submarine Officer Training Course and received his 'Dolphins' on HMAS Waller. He remained posted to Waller as the Signals and Communications Officer until January 2017 at which time he assumed duties as Officer-in-Charge of Junior Officer Warfare Application Course.

Lieutenant Commander Williams was promoted in July 2018 and assumed Command of Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Pirie (II) in December 2018.