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Captain Bill Walworth OBE is due to succeed RFA Commodore Bob Thornton in September of 2008.
Captain Bill Walworth was born in 1951, and brought up in Somerset and rural Wiltshire. He was educated at a local prep school and Shaftesbury Grammar School, before joining the BP Tanker Company as a Navigating Cadet in 1968.
Joining the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in 1978, he has served in a variety of seagoing and shore appointments. In 1994 he was promoted to Captain and took command of RFA Sir Galahad (soon to depart for it's new life in Brazil). His period in command of RFA Sir Galahad included a United Nations peacekeeping deployment to Angola, for which he was later awarded an OBE in the 1996 Operational Honours.