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WO1 Mick Turnbull

WO1 Mick Turnbull

WO1 Mick Turnbull was appointed as the first Fleet Commander’s Warrant Officer in January 2020.

WO1 Turnbull joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16 in 1986 as a Junior Seaman 2nd Class. He spent nine years in the Submarine Service, including various operational patrols, on board HMS Trafalgar, HMS Triumph, HMS Ursula, HMS Upholder, HMS Unicorn as well as RFA Dilligence. During this time he went from Seaman to Leading Seaman as well as qualifying as a Ship’s Diver.

Looking for a new challenge he left the Submarine Service for the Fleet Air Arm and qualified as a Leading Aircraft Controller in 1996. He served on board HMS Boxer and HMS Cumberland with Lynx 246 Flight, 815NAS, and duties included West Indies Guard-ship, JMC, OST as well as various multi-national exercises. In 1998 he was promoted POAC and two years later completed the Joint Air Traffic Control Course.

Following a short draft to HMS Fearless, augmenting COMUKTG on ARGONAUT 2000, he joined RNAS Culdrose for ATC training and validation. He then spent three years at FOST initially as a Searider, then at Plymouth Military Radar, completing the Area Radar Training Course in 2004. In 2006 he completed the RAF Flight Operations Managers Course and then spent six months in Iraq as part of Op TELIC as the SNCO in charge of the Helicopter Movement Control Cell, it was during this time that he was selected for promotion to CPO. On leaving Iraq he continued with assignments as an Air Traffic Controller and as a FOST Searider.

In December 2012 he was selected for promotion to Warrant Officer 1st Class. An assignment as the last OPS4 on board HMS Illustrious followed, which included many challenges such as DCT, Joint Warrior, Ex DEEP BLUE and COUGAR 13 as well as Op PATWIN and Op PITCHPOLE. He joined BRNC Dartmouth in September 2014 as an ISA DEPCO, during the nine months in position he went to sea on HMS Daring and HMS Bulwark, helping to train over 100 Officer Cadets. This was a short-term fill before he joined CNPERS as a Team Leader for the Career Management of 1000 RN/RM personnel from FAA WAR and EXEC Specialisations. In 2015 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. The assignment to HMS Collingwood and MWS in the privileged post of Base Warrant Officer was realised in September 2017. In 2019 he completed Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Maritime) at the Defence Academy.

From 2002–2009 he was a regular member of the RN/RM Martial Arts Team, competing at Inter-Service level in full and semi-contact. He now trains for fitness and personal development. In 2019 he graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a Master of Arts in Naval History. He lives in Eastney with his wife Mandy and their dog, a Tibetan terrier called Leo. He has a daughter Jessica, son Matthew and step-daughter Hayley.

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