I feel shocked and quite emotional to have been given this honour, it’s not something I ever thought I would receive.

Commodore Inga Kennedy

Serving as HMS Queen Elizabeth's Senior Naval Officer while the ship first underwent construction was privilege enough for Captain Simon Petitt. But he says he is now 'humbled and honoured' to have been appointed OBE in recognition of his vital efforts in the early stages of the aircraft carrier's life.  

Capt Petitt joined HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2012, when it was still in the early stages of its construction. As Senior Naval Officer, he was responsible for building the crew, breathing life into the ship and ensuring she will be ready for operations in her future years. 

Having joined with a team of 10 sailors, Capt Petitt left the ship more than three years later with a crew of around 600. He now serves as the most senior engineer of the Portsmouth flotilla.

He said: ‘I feel humbled and honoured to receive this award. It was a hugely proud moment for me to become the senior naval officer on board HMS Queen Elizabeth in the first place and this is just the icing on the cake.

‘The success we achieved during that time is down to the people I served with up in Scotland as we watched the ship progress and grow in size and I couldn’t have done it without them.

‘My time on board HMS Queen Elizabeth was incredible and, like everybody who has been working on this ship in its earliest days, I will have an attachment to that ship that will last a lifetime.

‘The equipment and technology is like the nothing the Royal Navy has ever seen before and I am very much looking forward to seeing her enter Portsmouth for the first time next year.’

THE LIST OF RECIPIENTS IN FULL

PROMOTIONS IN AND APPOINTMENTS TO THE MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MOST HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH
 
As Companions
 
Major General Martin Linn SMITH, MBE
 
Chaplain of the Fleet Ian James WHEATLEY, QHC
 
 
PROMOTIONS IN AND APPOINTMENTS TO THE MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
 
As Commanders
 
Rear Admiral Christopher Reginald Summers GARDNER
 
Rear Admiral Graeme Angus MACKAY
 
Commodore Inga Jane KENNEDY, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service
 

As Officers
 
Commodore Alistair John ADAMS
 
Commander Alastair Neil Spencer GRAHAM, MVO
 
Captain (now Commodore) Thomas Edward MANSON
 
Captain Philip Kenneth MILBURN
 
Captain Simon Richard PETITT
 
Commander Judith Helen TERRY
 
Commander Mark Adrian WILLIAMS
 
 
As Members
 
Lieutenant Commander (Acting Commander) Timothy Paul BRIGGS-MOULD
 
Lieutenant Commander (now Commander) Kara CHADWICK
 
Petty Officer (Diver) Martin DOHERTY
 
Warrant Officer 1 (Medical Assistant) Peter Leslie DUNCAN
 
Warrant Officer 2 Mark ELFVERSON
 
Warrant Officer 1 Philip GILBY
 
Warrant Officer 1 Logistics (Supply Chain) Michael HUGHES
 
Lieutenant Commander Alun John READ
 
Lieutenant Commander Nicholas REED
 
Warrant Officer 1 Craig RIACH
 
 
QUEEN’S VOLUNTEER RESERVE MEDAL
 
Lieutenant Commander Alan ROGERS

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