Trio spend three decades serving together in Navy

Chief Petty Officer David Macmenemey and Petty Officer Mark Brown with Chief Petty Officer Simon Gullick reunited in service at HMS Sultan after 30 years
Chief Petty Officer David Macmenemey and Petty Officer Mark Brown with Chief Petty Officer Simon Gullick reunited in service at HMS Sultan after 30 years
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A TRIO of air engineers who joined the Royal Navy at the same time are still serving together 30 years later.

The three men have seen their loyalty and faithfulness to the service rewarded with Long Service and Good Conduct clasps.

CPO David Macmenemey and PO Mark Brown are on the right side of the back row, while CPO Simon Gullick is front just off centre , left, of the class at HMS Daedalus in 1985

CPO David Macmenemey and PO Mark Brown are on the right side of the back row, while CPO Simon Gullick is front just off centre , left, of the class at HMS Daedalus in 1985

Chief Petty Officers’ Simon Gullick, David Macmenemey and Petty Officer Mark Brown, all joined the Royal Navy in 1985.

They are now based at HMS Sultan, in Gosport, at the Defence College of Technical Training’s Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School.

Completing their air engineering technical training at HMS Daedalus in Lee-on-the-Solent, the group have each given 30 years’ service within the Fleet Air Arm on deployments all around the world.

PO Gullick said: ‘Although the three of us went our separate directions we remained good friends and bumped into each other on rare occasions.

I wish I could do it all again, especially now with the new fixed wing aircraft and the biggest aircraft carriers this country has had coming into service.

Petty Officer Simon Gullick

‘The way service life has worked, after a few minutes it was as if we’d never been separated.’

Petty Officer Macmenemey added: ‘It’s a little strange but good that after 30 years of having so many diverse drafts and experiences in the Royal Navy that we come back together to work in the same section.’

Maintaining aircraft throughout their careers including Lynx, Harriers and SeaKings, between them they have served on many ships including ships Richmond, Sheffield and all three aircraft carriers Ark Royal, Invincible and Illustrious.

They have visited a number of countries includes from America and the Bahamas to Qatar and Singapore.

PO Gullick said: ‘Initially the draw to the navy was the thought of working on aircraft, seeing the world and getting paid for it.

‘I remember as a young sailor when I set off for the Far East in 1988 on outback tour with Ark Royal thinking what a great job I had.

‘I wish I could do it all again, especially now with the new fixed wing aircraft and the biggest aircraft carriers this country has had coming into service.’

All three men were presented with the Long Service and Good Conduct Clasps by Captain Trevor Gulley, commanding officer at HMS Sultan.

They have also been awarded medals for their service in the Gulf, the former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Kosovo as well as all of them receiving the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals.