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Naval base commander seen off in style
6 October 2011

Staff from across Portsmouth Naval Base turned out in force to bid farewell to their outgoing commander today – Commodore Rob Thompson – as he was driven out of the establishment for the last time.

Hundreds of service and civilian personnel lined the route as Cdre Thompson was chauffeured out in a six-tonne Army cargo vehicle from Marchwood military port at Southampton which also comes under his command.

Picture: LA(Phot) Darby Allen, FRPU East

NOW here’s something you don’t see every day in Portsmouth.

A senior officer in a military truck festooned with balloons being serenaded out of the naval base by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.

Staff from across Portsmouth Naval Base turned out in force to bid farewell to their outgoing commander today – Commodore Rob Thompson – as he was driven out of the establishment for the last time.

Hundreds of service and civilian personnel lined the route as Cdre Thompson was chauffeured out in a six-tonne Army cargo vehicle from Marchwood military port at Southampton which also comes under his command.

The band of the Royal Marines School of Music gave him a musical send-off, playing outside the naval base headquarters in Victory Building as he departed for the final time.

After three years in post, Cdre Thompson, 53, is moving to Edinburgh for a secondment to a civilian finance firm.

“I am delighted to say that in my short period as custodian of the naval base, the job has been as interesting, varied and indeed challenging as I had expected,” he said.

“The pace of change quickens and the base will be busier then ever preparing for the arrival of the last two Type 45 destroyers and the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.

“I have many fond memories of my time at the base and the support I have had from the military and civilian workforce has been tremendous.”

His successor is 45 year-old Cdre Tony Radakin whose last job was commander of a maritime task force off Iraq.