Bomb disposal expert receives rare accolade

Leading Seaman Martin Platts Credit: Royal Navy

A Royal Navy bomb disposal expert from Southsea in Hampshire has been awarded a Commendation for his work with the Afghan National Army .

Leading Seaman Martin Platts, 34, was given the rare award for outstanding achievement during Operation Herrick.

A Royal Navy diver by trade, Martin spent the first half of his six month tour of duty teaching a bomb disposal operator how to neutralise IEDs – who later went on to clear more than 100 devices in just a few months.

Martin also cleared bombs for patrolling ISAF forces in Khar Nikah during a particularly busy spell of insurgent activity.

Martin, 34, said: “I am glad to have been involved in the training and mentoring programme and really proud to have been picked for this award.