Awards for Astute submariners

Clyde-based Royal Navy attack submarine HMS Astute celebrated a plethora of prizes when nine members of the ship’s company were recognised for their outstanding achievements and service.

Astute, whose ship’s badge shows the image of a gun-dog, proved they were top-dogs too when they gathered for ceremonial divisions at HM Naval Base Clyde’s sports pitches.

First to receive an award was the submarine’s Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Jamieson, who was presented with a Joint Commander’s Commendation.

The prize was in recognition of his service during operations in the Gulf and Indian Ocean where he was part of the Maritime Co-ordination Centre.  

Lieutenant Commander Jamieson earned his prize for his strong leadership and organisational skills which helped ensure that vital humanitarian aid was received in Yemen.

Commanding Officer of HMS Astute, Commander Neil Botting, also presented awards to three other members of Astute’s crew.

Each year the RN Submarine School issue awards for the best officer during three different warfare courses.  Astute performed a clean sweep this year, picking up all three prizes.

I am delighted to be able to recognise so many members of my ship’s company in this way

Commander Neil Botting, Commanding Officer HMS Astute

Sub Lieutenant Christie, the Casing Officer on board, won the Max Horton Prize for the top student on a Basic Warfare Course, while Navigating Officer Lieutenant Kantharia was awarded the Fieldhouse prize for best Intermediate Warfare Course participant.  

The prize for the strongest Principal Warfare Officer (Submariner) student went to Lieutenant Hayes, Astute’s Technical Systems Officer.

And as if that wasn’t enough, HMS Astute’s Able Seaman Logan was recently presented with the coveted Molyneux Prize, awarded annually to the strongest Rating to complete their Submarine Qualifying Course.

The prize, which is named after the much-admired Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux, was presented to Able Seaman Logan at a separate ceremony at HM Naval Base Clyde in June.

Three members of the ship’s company were also presented with Good Conduct Badges during the ceremonial divisions.  The badges are awarded every four years as a mark of good conduct and service within the Royal Navy.

Leading Engineering Technician Hutchinson and Able Seaman Chisholm received their second good conduct badges, while Leading Seaman Morris was awarded his third.

Finally, the vessel’s Coxswain Brace was also given his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, signifying 15-years of exemplary service.

Commanding Officer, Commander Neil Botting, said, “I am delighted to be able to recognise so many members of my ship’s company in this way.  

“HMS Astute has an excellent team and we are very much looking forward to returning to sea soon to further hone our skills.”