Gregory Terence Hanson V21248 joined the RNZN on the 9th of January 1974 as an Ordinary Signalman and eventually rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer Yeoman of Signals. Greg has served at sea as a Signalman and Yeoman on HMNZS TARANAKI, HMNZS WAIKATO and HMNZS PUKAKI. He also had numerous shore postings to PHILOMEL, TAMAKI, NGAPONA as Caretaker/Instructor and as Senior Instructor at the RNZN New Entry Training School.
In 2010, Greg took up an out of branch posting to the Youth Development Unit at Hobsonville Airbase and Trade Changed to a Youth Development Instructor (CPOYDI).
2017 saw Greg return to the operations world when he was posted to his current position as Operations Officer at No 6 Squadron, RNZAF Base Whenuapai which operates the Navy’s SH-2G Seasprite helicopters.
Greg was awarded the LSGCM on 17 January 1989, the 1st Clasp to the LSGCM on 23 Jan 2004 and the 2nd Clasp to the LSGCM with effect 23 January 2019.
He has now served a total of 45 years and 2 Months, is the longest-serving communicator and second longest serving person in the RNZN. He continues to provide exemplary service to the RNZN and the Association congratulates him on this incredible milestone. BZ Greg