Rod began his career on board Queen Elizabeth 2 as an Engineer Cadet in 1971. After serving for a year, he returned to college for a year. Then Rod re-joined QE2 and remained with the liner for for 18 years. After spending most of his time as Hotel Service Engineer, Rod served his last voyage on board as Ship Service Manager. Over the years Rod experienced so much of QE2's legendary episodes. He went with her to the Falklands in 1982. He was also aboard for the big bomb scare... his photograph was every national paper for that one.
During that famous voyage it was Rod who was on the launch. Rod was also on board for most of the Bremerhaven refit - which saw QE2's complete re-engining and overhaul. It was this refit that would allow her to sail into the 21st Century. Rod left QE2 to emigrate to the U.S. two days before the Lockerbie bombing. Thats where his parents lived.
Now he volunteers his time as an LCDR in the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps as Commanding Officer of Poinciana Pride Division.
Rod teaches the kids who attend the core values of the USN: Honor, Courage and Commitment.. which is very rewarding. With his vast experience on board the world's most prestigious liner, Rod inspires a new generation of young men and women to serve in a career at sea .
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