Sixty years service and going strong

Three Sailors from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose have recently received Long Service and Good Conduct Medals (LS&GCM) and a Clasp, for recognition of over 60 years with the Royal Navy from Flag Officer Sea Training, Rear Admiral Ben Key at 849 Naval Air Squadrons Wings Parade.

The recipients, Petty Officer Peter Chappell serving with 824 NAS, Leading Air Engineering Technician Mark Wilson from 849 NAS and Chief Petty Officer Martin Barron also of 824 NAS, who added a clasp to his LS&GCM, were watched excitedly by their families and friends.

The medal winners have each taken very interesting career paths; but now all serve together at RNAS Culdrose the Fleet Air Arm’s Cornish Air Base.

Martin Barron, currently a Merlin 2 Watch Chief on 824 NAS has served 30 years and during his time has worked on numerous ships flights across the Royal Navy and larger ships like the Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious.

He’s also spread his expertise to new domains recently by working on the Navy’s Phalanx, close-in weapons system.

Peter Chappell has also seen a great deal of variety during his 15 years. Working initially with Harriers Jets both at sea and over land in Afghanistan, bagging four operational tours under his belt.

He currently is working on computers also with 824 NAS.

The third recipient, Mark Wilson has had an even wider range of experience.

His career has taken him from working as a Dog Handler during a tour of duty in land-locked Kosovo before leaving the Navy for a short spell. He re-joined and served as a Submariner completed an operational tour on the submarine HMS Sceptre.

Mark then saw the light again and returned to his Fleet Air Arm roots, but proudly wears his Submariners Dolphins. He now serves on 849 NAS as a supervising maintenance rating.

The LS&GC Medal is awarded at the commanding officers discretion to a rating that has completed 15 years reckonable service and is the holder of three good conduct badges and proven to consistently show character of a high standard throughout their Naval Career.

The Clasp is awarded after a further 15 years of good service and continued a blemish free service in the Royal Navy.

The Clasp is awarded after a further 15 years of good service and continued a blemish free service in the Royal Navy.