Longest career in RN uniform (excluding Admirals)?

This thread on RR refers to the recent retirement of Lt Peter Durrant MBE RN after 49 years and nine months in uniform. Ignoring certain Admirals who never retire, is this a record for an RN officer/rating serving in uniform?

The reason I ask is that, coincidentally, someone has asked me whether any RN officers can beat the 50 years in uniform of Dennis 'Taff' Sweeney. This article, published in the Australian Navy News in Oct 2009, says he joined the RN as a Junior Seaman at HMS Ganges in 1962 but it must have been 1961 if he had actually chalked up 48 years (perhaps he passed out in 1962?) by the time it was written. I have since heard that Taff, an old friend, was 'dined out' of the RAN as a Lt Cdr on 9 Dec 2011 after '50 years in uniform' (24 years RN and 26 years RAN).

I am asking Taff for the precise date he joined Ganges and will report back.
 
Thinking about it, if you were a powder monkey then seamen etc finally ending up the ships cook or something because you'd known no other life than the navy you'd have racked up the years. No way of ever finding out if anyone did this but there must have been a few.
 

Ninja_Stoker

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I'm fairly sure there used to be a handfull of 'promised men' in the RN who were guaranteed a contract to 65 (unlike 55 today), so unless I dreamt that one up, 50 years is entirely feasible.

Not able to 'Google' it further to check, with any ease as I'm using a mobile at the mo'
 

soleil

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I'm fairly sure there used to be a handfull of 'promised men' in the RN who were guaranteed a contract to 65 (unlike 55 today), so unless I dreamt that one up, 50 years is entirely feasible.

Not able to 'Google' it further to check, with any ease as I'm using a mobile at the mo'

You didn't dream it up.

The last one, CPO Price, retired in 1993, having joined in 1948 and been guaranteed employment until the age of 65 in 1970.

He served for 22 years in the DQs in Pompey.
 

lesbryan

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I think over the years .there were a few chiefs who were DQs staff who probably racked up that type of service !!.I heared tales over the years
 

2_deck_dash

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He served for 22 years in the DQs in Pompey.

'Kin 'ell!

Did he murder someone or something?

The two longest serving ******* I knew of where Eric H******* the Seadart God who'd done about 40 years and an instructor at the Seamanship School who'd done 38 but this included a stint outside in the Fire Brigade.
 

Topstop

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You didn't dream it up.

The last one, CPO Price, retired in 1993, having joined in 1948 and been guaranteed employment until the age of 65 in 1970.

He served for 22 years in the DQs in Pompey.

Knew of 3 "Promised men"; "Trudie" Trounsen, Norman Hill, both at Dolphin in the 80`s and Martin Geddes at Sultan.
Dont know when they started but finished at 65.
 
Knew of 3 "Promised men"; "Trudie" Trounsen, Norman Hill, both at Dolphin in the 80`s and Martin Geddes at Sultan.
Dont know when they started but finished at 65.

Probably the Norman Hill of the OMC Simulator - I used to sometimes meet him on the Square until fairly recently but he passed away about 2/3 years ago. RIP.

There were two others at Neptune Peri-Shop in the late '70s; one was ERA Cassell (reverted at own request from Ch ERA to stay within his circuit) I cannot remember the other.
 

seafarer1939

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There was a famous 3 badger in my day who served the same as Mountbatten did or close,we were tied up along side of his ship but I forget the name only that he was the longest serving below decker.
It's a bit vague but he used to have stiff broom hoistedup the mast for some reason or other.
It seems him and Mountbatten got on famously but he was a pain to others in the ships he was on.
I glimpsed him on the ship and had his whole story from another 3 badger.
It seems no-one could give him orders and he spent all his time in the Bosuns locker.
I may be wrong on some points but maybe someone will know.
 

Topstop

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Probably the Norman Hill of the OMC Simulator - I used to sometimes meet him on the Square until fairly recently but he passed away about 2/3 years ago. RIP.

There were two others at Neptune Peri-Shop in the late '70s; one was ERA Cassell (reverted at own request from Ch ERA to stay within his circuit) I cannot remember the other.


Its longer than you think, try 5.
 
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