Decades of service recognised

Published on LEUT Samantha Dudley (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Location(s): Rockingham, WA

Topic(s): Federation Star

Commander Phillip Bell, RAN, from FFG Capability, Frigate Group, with his wife Wendy, after being presented his Federation Star for his exceptional achievement of 40 years service in the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)
Commander Phillip Bell, RAN, from FFG Capability, Frigate Group, with his wife Wendy, after being presented his Federation Star for his exceptional achievement of 40 years service in the Royal Australian Navy.

Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Commander Phillip Wayne Bell's exceptional achievement of forty years dedicated service to the Royal Australian Navy was recently recognised when Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN presented CMDR Bell with the Federation Star at the ANZAC Systems Program Office in Rockingham, Western Australia.

During the low key ceremony, VADM Griggs extended his personal thanks and sincere appreciation of CMDR Bell's long and loyal service over the years.

Over the duration of CMDR Bell's lengthy naval career, he has contributed to maintaining the security of Australia through his professional expertise, significant personal sacrifice and devotion to duty which are in keeping with the finest traditions of the Royal Australian Navy.

CMDR Bell, whose current position is Staff Officer FFH Engineering and Support said that his career has been one filled with change and great camaraderie.

“It’s been a long journey and much has changed since I first joined the navy as an apprentice at the former HMAS Nirimba, in Schofields New South Wales in 1971,” he said.

“But, it has been a very enjoyable career thanks to the many great people I’ve worked with along the way.”

Over the duration of his career, CMDR Bell has undertaken postings to a large variety of shore establishments including Nirimba, Harman (Navy Headquarters), Cerberus, Moreton, Lonsdale, Creswell, Watson and Stirling and HMA Ships Vampire, Stuart (II), Sydney and Darwin, serving in Stuart (II) and Darwin on several occasions.

CMDR Bell achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer prior to commissioning as a Sub Lieutenant in 1988.

CMDR Bell achieved forty years of service on 24 October 2012.