THE captain of HMS Liverpool has been awarded an OBE for his role in command of the warship off the coast of Libya last year.
Commander Colin Williams guided the Portsmouth-based destroyer through more than 200 days of operations to topple Colonel Gaddafi.
Liverpool played a significant role in the blockade of Libya during the country’s civil war and disrupted and destroyed regime forces directly threatening civilians.
The Type 42 destroyer, which will be decommissioned next week, became a key Nato ship for missions such as embargo enforcement, boarding operations and intelligence collection.
Cdr Williams’ citation read: ‘Through sheer hard work and under his decisive and inspirational command, HMS Liverpool frequently fulfilled the key air battlespace management function when Nato airborne warning and control aircraft were unavailable.
‘He led a strong and supportive team inside Libyan territorial waters, and provided a highly visible, reassuring presence off beleaguered Libyan cities.’