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Marines and sailors awarded for going 'above and beyond' the call of duty

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.

Naval personnel are awarded for going 'above and beyond' Credit: Royal Navy

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.

Naval personnel are awarded for going 'above and beyond' Credit: Royal Navy

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.

Naval personnel are awarded for going 'above and beyond' Credit: Royal Navy

10-year-old sailor wins award

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.

Kristof Jenkins has been awarded for his sailing Credit:

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.


HMS Edinburgh farewell tour

Sailors from HMS Edinburgh Credit: Royal Navy Media Archive

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.

A sailor working on the warship HMS Edinburgh Credit: Royal Navy Media Archive
HMS Edinburgh sailor flying the Union Jack flag Credit: Royal Navy Media Archive

Team GB sailors to parade through Dorset

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.