23 sailors and Royal Marines who have gone ‘above and beyond’ the normal call of duty in careers spanning more than 20 years have been singled out for their selfless devotion.
The Naval personnel received the Meritorious Service Medal – the highest distinction for senior ratings or NCO outside the realm of bravery – from the Second Sea Lord aboard Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory.
Just 52 Meritorious Service Medals are presented each year by Vice Admiral David Steel, and as well as the presentation, recipients and their families are offered a tour of Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard before an invite to lunch in Admiralty House, the Second Sea Lord’s official residence.
An aspiring young sailor from Berkshire has been awarded the two years’ exclusive use of an Optimist dinghy, donated by the John Merricks Sailing Trust in the inaugural year of an exciting new scheme.
Ten year old Kristof Jenkins from Kingsclere, who started sailing through the RYA OnBoard programme, was selected from almost a hundred applications after competing in the RYA South Zone
Championships will be held at Poole Yacht Club in September.
Portsmouth-based HMS Edinburgh will return to her home port after completing a farewell tour across the UK.
The warship will return to Portsmouth on Friday May, 31 after visiting Liverpool where she was built.
Following her final voyage to Portsmouth, she will retire after 30 years of service.
Britain's Olympic sailors will parade through Weymouth in Dorset later ahead of the town carnival.
Among those expected to appear are Hampshire's Ben Ainslie who won the Finn class, claiming his fourth Olympic gold medal; windsurfer Nick Dempsey, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson.