Joined the RN in August 1959 at HMS ST
VINCENT, Gosport, Hampshire.
After Initial Training, he completed his
Gunnery training at HMS CAMBRIDGE
He joined his first ship, HMS BERMUDA in
Malta. She was a very tired & exhausted WW2 Cruiser whose
boilers packed up in Stockholm and was towed back to Guz.
The whole crew were transferred to HMS Belfast to complete
the Bermuda’s 12 month trip.
The majority of his career was spent at sea,
when he did get a shore draft, he went to Whale Island(HMS
EXCELLENT). His Ships include BERWICK, CHAWTON, LEANDER,
ARIADNE and BACCHANTE.
A GI through and through, ascending the
promotion ladder to Warrant Officer 1st Class. He
was part of the team responsible for the introduction of
20mm & 30mm Cannons into the Fleet. Other highlights of his
Staff at CinC Fleet (Northwood)
Loaned to the Royal Saudi Navy, training
Officers in line with RN Doctrine and BRNC Dartmouth
He retired from the RN in 1992 where he would
have quite happily spent his entire retirement in Cornwall
with his wife Pauline. But when his diary allowed, he
journeyed over to England every 2nd Thursday of
the month to catch up with his gunnery brethren.