March 10, 2006

Cunard's Commodore Warwick to Retire After 36 Years of Service

Cunard's Commodore Warwick to Retire After 36 Years of Service
Mar 10, 06 | 3:30 pm

Cunard Line announced today that Commodore Ronald W. Warwick O.B.E., Master Queen Mary 2, will be retiring July 31, 2006 after 36 years of company service.

Commodore Warwick joined Cunard Line as a Third Officer in 1970.

He first sailed as Captain in 1986 on board Cunard Princess, and also sailed in command of the Cunard Countess and Cunard Crown Dynasty, before his first appointment as Master of Queen Elizabeth 2 in August 1990.

From April 1996 he sailed permanently as senior Master on board Queen Elizabeth 2 until his appointment as Master-designate of Queen Mary 2 in 2002.

In December 2003 he was promoted to the rank of Commodore of the Cunard Line fleet.

Commodore Warwick holds the unique distinction in Cunard Line's long history of notable Captains by following in the footsteps of his late father Commodore William E. Warwick C.B.E., who sailed as Master of the Queen Mary, was the first Master appointed to Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1968, and was also promoted to Commodore of the fleet, in 1970.

In June 2005 Commodore Ronald Warwick's service to the Merchant Navy was recognized by him being awarded the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours for that year.

Commodore Warwick also holds the rank of Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve, and is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.

To mark the occasion of his retirement year, Commodore Warwick and his wife Kim will be sailing on Queen Mary 2 in June and July and several special events are planned during these voyages

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