Navy farewells veteran of four decades

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Location(s): Larrakeyah Defence Precinct

Topic(s): HMAS Coonawarra, Federation Star

Commander Trevor Widdison, RAN, spends his last day of service at HMAS Coonawarra after 40 years in the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
Commander Trevor Widdison, RAN, spends his last day of service at HMAS Coonawarra after 40 years in the Royal Australian Navy.
The Royal Australian Navy bid fair winds and following seas to Commander Trevor Widdison during a farewell ceremony at Larrakeyah Defence Precinct in Darwin recently.
 
The veteran of 40 years full-time service in the Navy will leave Darwin and join the Active Reserve.
 
Captain Patrol Boats, Captain Jason Hunter, said Commander Widdison’s story was an example of one person’s dedication to the Navy and unwavering desire to serve his country.
 
“It's hard to express our full thanks for all that Commander Widdison has done for the Navy,” he said.
 
“The sacrifices he and his family have made for more than 40 years cannot be forgotten and will forever be appreciated by a grateful nation.”
 
Commander Widdison has enjoyed a distinguished career since joining the Navy in 1977 as a 16-year-old Electrical Technical Power sailor.
 
His professionalism and skill were quickly recognised, and by 1998 he had earned the rank of Warrant Officer, the highest rank among non-commissioned personnel.
 
In 2001, Commander Widdison commissioned as a Marine Engineer Officer.
 
He served on HMA Ship’s MelbourneParramatta and Perth and deployed for operations to the Middle East several times.
 
Commander Widdison also oversaw the introduction into service of the Armidale class patrol boats and the paying off of the Fremantle class patrol boats.
 
“Trevor worked miracles as he supported the introduction into service of a new capability while nursing an ageing one through to disposal,” Captain Hunter said.
 
“The size of the task cannot be under-estimated and is testament to the commitment, drive and passion that he has shown throughout his service.”
 
Commander Widdison’s last role was as the inaugural Class Lifecycle Engineer Officer at Headquarters Patrol Boat Group in Darwin.
 
“Commander Widdison leaves the Navy better than when he found it. His tenacity in ensuring the best outcomes for the force has been first rate and he will be sorely missed,” Captain Hunter said.