Sailor retires after nearly 40 years of navy service

Fiona Smith is presented with a certificate of appreciation by Captain Steve Dainton CBE, Commanding Officer of HMS Collingwood
Fiona Smith is presented with a certificate of appreciation by Captain Steve Dainton CBE, Commanding Officer of HMS Collingwood
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AFTER nearly four decadets years of serving the Royal Navy a former sailor has retired.

Former Wren Chief Petty Officer Writer Fiona Smith left HMS Collingwood, in Fareham, after 38 years.

She joined the navy in February 1976 and served with the navy for 22 years and then worked in the cash office at HMS Collingwood for more than 15 years.

Fiona was one of the first Wrens to go to sea on HMS Invincible in 1990.

‘I went onboard Invincible as a Chief which was a huge learning curve,’ she said.

‘It was memorable for the camaraderie and the sense of belonging that you get from being on a ship.

‘I was proud to belong to the ship and its company.’

During her service Fiona, of Gosport, was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal by the First Sea Lord.

She added: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Royal Navy and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at HMS Collingwood as a civilian.

‘It has all been tremendous hard work but the play time was especially good because of it.’

Her former manager Martin Bevan added: ‘Her expert authority, consistent work ethic and customer empathy has meant HMS Collingwood personnel have been well supported over many years.’