LCDR Steven Reynolds set to retire after 41 years service

Published on LEUT Celeste Ecuyer (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Waterhen

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer farewells Lieutenant Commander Steven 'Blue' Reynolds after 41 years continuous service with the Navy, at HMAS Waterhen, Waverton.
 (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer farewells Lieutenant Commander Steven 'Blue' Reynolds after 41 years continuous service with the Navy, at HMAS Waterhen, Waverton.

After 41 years of dedicated service in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Lieutenant Commander Steven 'Blue' Reynolds CSM, was farewelled recently at HMAS Waterhen, Waverton NSW, by the Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer CSC and Bar.
 
At the farewell presentation Rear Admiral Mayer spoke of Lieutenant Commander Reynolds’ many decades of service as a remarkable contribution.
 
“The standards, in terms of professionalism, that Commander Reynolds has driven, first as a steward and then since commissioning is something the Navy has strongly benefited from,” Rear Admiral Mayer said.
 
Lieutenant Commander Reynolds joined the Navy as a Junior Recruit on 11 April 1973 at the age of 14, the same year the Sydney Opera House was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and undertook professional training to become an Officers Steward.
 
During his 41 years, Lieutenant Commander Reynolds has had the opportunity to serve in a number of ships and establishments including Watson, Derwent, Melbourne (II), Torrens, Parramatta, Sydney, Darwin, Kuttabul, Newcastle, and Waterhen.
 
He held the position of Fleet Warrant Officer Steward twice, and was awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal in 1997 for his service as a steward. Lieutenant Commander Reynolds commissioned to become a Naval Officer in 2005.
 
Lieutenant Commander Reynolds has been a member of the Australian Defence Force Ten Pin Bowling for many years, representing both the RAN and Defence at tournaments, and actively involved in various charity events including Ocsober and Relay for Life. He is also heavily involved in the Naval Association and RSL.
 
His final day in the Navy will be 21 July 2014, after which he will take up further marine pursuits.
 
“I’ve bought a boat, I’m going fishing,” Lieutenant Commander Reynolds said.