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We were once again delighted to be asked to provide the colour party for the prestigious Merchant Navy Medal ceremony, which is held at Trinity House, London each November.
The Merchant Navy Medal award was established in 2005 to highlight the crucial role the Merchant Navy plays in supporting Britain’s prosperity and overseas business and to recognise those people who have contributed meritorious service to the Merchant Navy.
Since its creation, the Merchant Navy Medal has been administered by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB). At this year’s ceremony, the Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill MP announced that her Majesty the Queen has approved that the Merchant Navy Medal should take its place among the national honours and order of wear and, from 2016, elevated to its place among the Order of Bath, the Order of the British Empire and other national honours.
At this year’s ceremony, Warsash Maritime Academy was represented by the colour party of Matthew Banks, Nicholas Carne, and Charles Edwards, all phase one officer cadets sponsored by Trinity House, with their cadetship training managed by Chiltern Maritime. The cadets’ contribution to the ceremony was applauded and thanked by Captain Matthew Easton, Chairman of the Merchant Navy Medal Committee, and by Admiral Lord West, Patron of the MNWB and also Chancellor of Southampton Solent University. The cadets prepared for the ceremony at Warsash, and were accompanied at the ceremony by Commercial Manager, Alan Cartwright.
This year’s nineteen recipients of the Merchant Navy Medal included seafarers and shore personnel who have contributed greatly to Merchant Navy safety, service, welfare and training.
Photos courtesy of Steve Daszko Photography.
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