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Old seaman sets sail
South Coast Register (Australia) ^ | 7th February 2014 | Dave Morley

Posted on 02/06/2014 1:41:11 PM PST by naturalman1975

MORE than four decades of military service has come to an end with the retirement of Lieutenant Commander David Baker.

The former officer in charge at the School of Survivability and Ship Safety at Jervis Bay retired from the Royal Australian Navy after 44 years’ service.

LCDR Baker joined the RAN as a 16-year-old junior recruit on April 12, 1970 and was the last permanent navy member with unbroken service from Stevenson Division, the 31st intake at HMAS Leeuwin.

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LCDR Baker remembers sleeping in hammocks, broadside messing, holystoning wooden decks and carrying a .303 rifle on parade.

LCDR Baker was the first Command Warrant Officer in Fleet Command, a position he was appointed to in 2001.

He was also the first Naval Command Warrant Officer at Headquarters Joint Operations in 2004, his last position before he was commissioned in 2006.

He said having lunch with the Queen when he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2005 and being posted as an adviser to the Vanuatu Police Force were among the highlights of his career.

(Excerpt) Read more at southcoastregister.com.au ...


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1 posted on 02/06/2014 1:41:11 PM PST by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975

Picture at link.

A good bloke.


2 posted on 02/06/2014 1:41:33 PM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975
"He said having lunch with the Queen when he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2005 and being posted as an adviser to the Vanuatu Police Force were among the highlights of his career."

I bet!


3 posted on 02/06/2014 1:50:25 PM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: naturalman1975
44 years? I had all I could do to keep my sanity (and keep myself out of prison) after 6 years in the US Army.Maybe your chow is better than ours.
4 posted on 02/06/2014 1:56:47 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: naturalman1975; Kenny Bunk

I sort of thought, by the title, he was intending to circumnavigate like Chichester, Knox-Johnson, or, speaking of Johnsons, my mohel.


5 posted on 02/06/2014 2:20:53 PM PST by golux
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To: naturalman1975

44 years to an LCDR? Wow.


6 posted on 02/06/2014 4:06:53 PM PST by onedoug
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To: golux
.....my mohel.

Well, if you are sailing across the ocean wild and wide, a trim rig is often easier to handle, especially singlehanded.

7 posted on 02/10/2014 10:20:08 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (Don't let the aftershave and embalming fluid fool you. Many RINOs are actually dead meat.)
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