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June 21, 2012
SBLT Sarah West
When LEUT Peter Lennon joined the
Navy in 1973, little did he know he
would eventually earn a reputation that
would see his face displayed on post-
ers promoting one of the Navy's five
core values -- loyalty.
LEUT Lennon was just 16 when he
joined the Navy, and next month will
retire after a distinguished career that
has span ned four decades.
Having joined as an electronics
technician sailor, he made warrant
officer before extending his career by
commissioning as a technical officer
LEUT Lennon's journey to
become the face of loyalty reads like
a history paper. He has served in 10
warships, nine of which have since
He first found his sea legs in 1975
when he joined HMAS Melbourne,
and spent most of his career on the
briney before completing his final
sea-posting in HMAS Anzac in 2009.
The veteran, whose service
includes deployments on Operations
Resolute, Slipper and Catalyst, has
collected a lot of memories along the
way including the southern ocean res-
cues of Tony Bullimore and Thierry
"There have been so many high-
lights, but taking part in the Queen's
Silver Jubilee in 1977 would have to
be one of the most memorable," he
"I joined the Navy with an expec-
tation of adventure, which has been
fulfilled beyond my dreams."
LEUT Len non, who'll spend his
retirement fishing and exploring the
Nullabor Plains in a motor-home,
was given a farewell flight in a Navy
Seahawk last month to thank him for
his dedicated service.
"It was a fantastic opportunity.
Most of the flight was over the ocean,
following the coast of Perth as we
made our way north," he said.
"It was fitting as I have done that
trip so many times on board ships. So,
it was great to see it from the air."
Reflecting on his career, LEUT
Lennon said he felt proud to be the
face of loyalty, a value which he
believes has enabled his own longev-
ity in the service.
"There are good times and bad
times, and it is important to live
through them all, because they help us
to lear n and develop," he said.
"Navy has been my life for a long
time, and has supported me through-
out. Likewise, Navy will always have
He will take fond memories of his
service in to retirement.
"I will miss going to sea the most.
Comradeships are forged like no other
among those who have ser ved togeth-
er at sea," he said.
"There is nothing else like the
feeling of being part of a close knit
community, out on the ocean, far
He will be given an official send-
off at HMAS Stirling on June 28.
Loyalty's farewell flight
FITTING FAREWELL: LEUT Peter Lennon has his flight helmet on, ready for his farewell flight.
Photo: ABIS Morgana Ramsey
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