First Sea Lord honours staff at Clyde bases

The Royal Navy’s most senior officer has visited Faslane and Coulport, presenting awards to long-serving staff.

First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones toured both sites with his wife, Lady Elizabeth Jones.

Two personnel from HM Naval Base Clyde were presented with medals, with MoD civil servant Mairi Stevenson receiving the Imperial Service Medal (ISM) and 43 Commando’s Lieutenant Colonel Pete Kemp being presented with a Long Service and Good Conduct medal with Bar.

Mairi Stevenson, who recently retired from MoD Training, picked up the ISM after 30 years of service.

Lieutenant Colonel Kemp’s award was presented for 15 years of reckonable service and for meeting the highest possible standards.

During the visit Lady Jones also headed to Helensburgh where she toured Churchill Square’s Drumfork Club, which is currently undergoing a major refurbishment and met representatives from Royal Navy and Royal Marines Welfare and organisation Recruit for Spouses.

Admiral Jones said: “It has been an extraordinary year for the navy.

“We have signed the Crowsnest capability contract, named the first of a new batch of Off-Shore Patrol Vessels, rolled-out HMS Audacious, cut steel on the first Type 26, and, of course, welcomed HMS Queen Elizabeth to her new home in Portsmouth.”

“But the focus on the navy won’t stop on December 31.

“There is lots of activity ahead which is a sign of a change – a renewed focus on the maritime.”