I am over the moon to have been given this honour and it came as a total surprise. Being the EWO of HMS Defender was probably the best job in my Royal Navy career.

Warrant Officer 1st Class Bob Ratcliffe

Warrant Officer 1st Class Bob Ratcliffe has been awarded an MBE for his hard work as the Executive Warrant Officer on board HMS Defender on the ship’s recent deployment to the Gulf.

The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer spent nine months at sea working with American and French carrier strike groups as part of operations against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

HMS Defender also patrolled the waters of the Middle East, keeping them free from piracy and on one occasion seizing more than a tonne of drugs being trafficked across the Indian Ocean.

WO1 Ratcliffe, aged 43 from Hartlepool, said: “I am over the moon to have been given this honour and it came as a total surprise. Being the EWO of HMS Defender was probably the best job I have had in my entire Royal Navy career.

“It was a highly rewarding deployment on operations which really made a difference. One of the highlights for me was our successful drugs bust in the Indian Ocean, it was a great feeling for everyone on board to have put in so much work and have it finally pay off.

“I’m nervous about the big day ahead when I get to go and pick up my MBE, but I’m really looking forward to it and it will be a very proud day for me to do that with my family.”

THE LIST OF RECIPIENTS IN FULL

PROMOTIONS IN AND APPOINTMENTS TO THE MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MOST HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH

As Knight Commander (KCB)

Vice Admiral Jonathan WOODCOCK, OBE - Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff

As Companion (CB) 

Rear Admiral Keith BLOUNT, OBE - Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Aircraft and Carriers)

APPOINTMENTS TO THE MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

As Commanders (CBE)

Commodore Ross ALBON, OBE

Commodore Ian SHIPPERLEY 

Rear Admiral Richard STOKES

Commodore Phillip TITTERTON, OBE

As Officers (OBE)

Commander Johanna DEAKIN 

Commodore David ELFORD

Captain Clayton FISHER

Lieutenant Colonel Damian HUNTINGFORD

Commander Peter PIPKIN

Commander Philip RICHARDSON

Captain Stephen THOMPSON

As Members (MBE)

Warrant Officer 1 D BAGNALL

Major Kev CARTER, GM

Colour Sergeant D CURTIS

Major Ed HALL

Commander Richard HEWITT

Commander John LEA

Lieutenant Commander Dave MCINERNEY

Warrant Officer 1 Bob RATCLIFFE

Lieutenant Commander Steve SAYWELL-HALL

Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Manish TAYAL

Lieutenant Commander David WILCOCKS

Corporal T BYROM

Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering)

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