Final salute for dedicated naval officer from Gosport

Lt Cdr Carl Louden, HMS King Alfred's Staff Officer, is retiring from the regular naval service

Lt Cdr Carl Louden, HMS King Alfred's Staff Officer, is retiring from the regular naval service

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A LOVE of the Senior Service might entice this retiring Royal Navy officer back – despite having served a 38-year career already.

After almost four decades Lieutenant Commander Carl Louden is finally hanging up his ‘ones’.

Lieutenant Commander Louden has been a tremendous support to me and to my predecessor, Commander Stickland

Commander Chris Webb

But the experienced officer from Gosport admitted he is keen to rejoin the force – albeit in a part-time role.

He has already had a taste of reserve life having overseen the growth of Portsmouth’s reservist wing at HMS King Alfred, on Whale Island, for the past three years.

Commanding officer of HMS King Alfred, Commander Chris Webb urged Lt Cdr Louden to rejoin.

He said: ‘Lieutenant Commander Louden has been a tremendous support to me and to my predecessor, Commander Stickland.

‘I hope that before long we will be welcoming him into the Royal Naval Reserve.’

Lt Cdr Louden joined the navy in 1978 as a boy sailor.

His distinguished career has seen him rise through the ranks, from acting as a Leading Hand on the Royal Yacht Britannia to being promoted to Petty Officer.

In 1995 he was commissioned to the rank of officer.

He has since served two Nato appointments in Italy and the USA and was a military assistant to an Admiral.

He was also part of the Flag Officer Sea Training staff preparing ships to deploy.

He first began working in support of the maritime reserve forces six years ago.

In 2013, he was appointed as staff to HMS King Alfred and has helped to double the number of reservists attending drill nights.

He said: ‘As a regular serviceman who has worked alongside reservists, I really “get” the reserves, I truly respect the fact that they work a full day and then don a different uniform to come back to work in the evening and at weekends.’

Lt Cdr Louden is married to Nicola.

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