It was a case of déjà-vu for Sub Lieutenant Ryan Lemmon when he arrived at Britannia Royal Naval College to find that his training officer was Warrant Officer Bill Bailey, who had been his instructor on two previous occasions.
SLt Lemmon joined the Royal Navy in 1999 as a junior rating of the Writer specialisation. The 32-year-old, from March, transferred to the Physical Training (PT) branch in 2003 when WO Bailey, then a Petty Officer, was his instructor for his course at HMS Temeraire. Five years later the two sailors’ paths crossed again when SLt Lemmon was selected for promotion to Petty Officer.
SLt Lemmon said: “The PT course was easily the most physically demanding seven months I have spent in the Royal Navy. I thought of many names for Bill – and friend was not one of them!
“Once we completed the course and put on the coveted white jacket of the PT branch, Bill did become a friend, offering his advice and support.
“I was fortunate enough to gain selection to Petty Officer in 2008, and funnily enough Bill was my Divisional Officer for the duration of my course at HMS Temeraire again.”
After serving on two warships and ashore at the MOD HQ in London, HMS Sultan, RAF Halton and in Bahrain, SLt Lemmon was selected for promotion to the Officer Corps and arrived at BRNC for a 10-week training course to prepare him for his new role.
SLt Lemmon is a former pupil of Neale Wade Community College. Married to Rebekah, they have two children – Harry, nine, and Frank, four, and now live in Portsmouth.
SLt Lemmon is now training at the Defence Maritime Logistics School at HMS Raleigh in preparation for his role as a Logistics Officer overseeing the ship’s administration, stores and catering departments.