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.
More top news
Saturday morning's weather for the east of the region
Saturday morning's weather for the west of the region
Man jailed for leaving another needing metal jaw plates after unprovoked attack