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27 Naval personnel named in King Charles' first New Year's Honours

HMS Defender takes on fuel from RFA Tidespring to enable the ship to continue Exercise Pacific Crown.
29 December 2022
Twenty-seven sailors, Royal Marines and Reservists from across the spectrum of command, leadership and branches have been singled out in the King’s first New Year’s Honours list.

They have been rewarded for efforts and contributions above the regular call of duty in the Service, from playing key roles in major international deployments, to championing diversity and the work of Caribbean personnel and continuing to keep Covid in check.


Captain (now Commodore) Don Crosbie is awarded the OBE for his work pushing the boundaries of Anglo-American minehunting operations in the Gulf.


As deputy commander of Task Force 52 – the US Navy’s permanent mine warfare force deployed in Bahrain – Captain Crosbie’s inspirational leadership, dedication and energy drove ever closer relations between British and US minehunters, dive teams and especially tech as both navies look to make use of autonomous systems, drones and crewless craft to hunt down and neutralise underwater devices.


The calmness and professionalism of Lieutenant Henry Mainstone when he was navigator of HMS Forth in the Falklands earns him an MBE.


Assisted by his shipmates, he assumed command of the patrol ship when the officer in temporary command became medically unfit while Forth was at sea; the patient received the care needed, Lt Mainstone rallied the crew and brought the ship safely into port in challenging conditions, demonstrating “leadership and moral courage in the face of extreme adversity” throughout in the words of his citation.


“I am incredibly honoured to receive an MBE, I did not expect such an outcome,” said the 27-year-old, originally from Dorset but now living with his wife in Scotland.


He says the actions “of every single member of the ship’s company” were crucial during some difficult hours.


“Leading in such challenging circumstances and the following months was difficult, and those few weeks were perhaps the hardest of my career thus far.


“To be recognised with a state award is a huge honour and my family are very proud.”

To be recognised with a state award is a huge honour and my family are very proud

Lt Henry Mainstone, HMS Forth

Chief Petty Officer Janine Potts, based at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth is a champion of Commonwealth personnel serving in the Royal Navy and determined to make the Service a more inclusive place for all. She’s been at the forefront of driving policy to improve the experience of personnel from overseas/Commonwealth, addressing the unique challenges they face, establishing the Royal Navy Commonwealth Network and supporting the Navy’s newly-formed Race and Diversity Network. She is made an MBE.


Also awarded the MBE is Lieutenant Commander Oli Brown who has done more than any other individual in the Navy to dispel the stigma and myths surrounding those living with HIV. His efforts have had a profound impact on recruiting, retention and on the understanding of a key societal issue.


It's thanks in large part to Reservist aircrewman Chief Petty Officer Mark Spencer that the Commando Helicopter Force have better trained crew in the Merlin Mk4 helicopter, which carries Royal Marines into battle.


Mark, who serves at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset, has been instrumental in the Rear Crew Trainer simulator – the first of its kind which will revolutionise the way in which aircrew train.


It’s the task of the rear crew to ensure the safety of up to two dozen commandos and their kit, as well as support the pilots, operate the machine-guns in a combat zone, land/take-off in tight spots and secure loads safely beneath the helicopter.


Mark has pulled out all the stops to ensure the software/simulator not only works but improves the training delivered to aircrewmen, to the benefit of front-line operations. He receives the MBE for his outstanding efforts.


Nearly three years on since it first struck, Covid continues to have an impact on life both in the Royal Navy and the UK – and nursing staff continue to rise to the challenge.


Chief Petty Officer Robert Chambers and Lieutenant Commander Sarah Dewey each receive the Ordinary Associate of the Royal Red Cross, Second Class.


CPO Chambers is the RN’s nursing specialist in infection prevention and controls. At the height of the pandemic he identified the urgent need for PPE and was instrumental in organising and providing testing for ships. His advice guidance and policymaking proved vital in ensuring the Royal Navy’s continued to operate through a challenging period.


Lieutenant Commander Dewey coordinated and responded to numerous requests from the NHS for military medic and nursing support, and her input was vital when it came to making the best use of finite resources during the vaccination process. She also oversaw the safe deployment of specialist medical personnel. Her dedication and professionalism ensured the right support was safely delivered on time and that Defence was able to make a significant contribution during a national emergency.


The full list of recipients is:


Promotions in and appointments to the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath


As Knight Commander (KCB)

Vice Admiral Keith Blount CB OBE

Vice Admiral Nicholas Hine CB


As Companions (CB)

Vice Admiral Paul Marshall CBE

Major General James Andrew John Morris RM DSO

Vice Admiral Guy Antony Robinson OBE


As Commanders (CBE)

Commodore Peter Coulson

Captain John Lewis Rutland Foreman

Commodore Stuart Philip Henderson


As Officers (OBE)

Commodore Donald Ernest Frederick Crosbie

Commander John Michael George Dineen

Captain Glyn Owen

Commander Andrew Maurice Pariser

Captain Peter Michael Viney

Captain Thomas Henry Weaver


As Members (MBE)

Major Angus Edward Berger RM

Lieutenant Commander Oliver Gary Brown

Chief Petty Officer Logistician (Writer) Miriam Charlton

Lieutenant Commander Jennifer Floyd

Chief Petty Officer Engineering Technician (Communications and Information Systems) Philip Geoffrey Richard Hodgson

Leading Logistician (Writer) Tommy Andrew Russell Horrell

Lieutenant Henry Theodore Mainstone

Chief Petty Officer Logistician (Writer) Janine Candide Potts

Chief Petty Officer Aircrewman Mark Steven Alan Spencer RNR

Chief Petty Officer Engineering Technician (Communications and Information Systems) Nicola Wade


As an Ordinary Associate of the Royal Red Cross, Second Class (ARRC)

Chief Petty Officer Robert Chambers QARNNS

Lieutenant Commander Sarah Elizabeth Dewey QARNNS


King's Volunteer Reserves Medals (KVRM)

Warrant Officer 2 Andrew Charles Carmichael RMR


Meritorious Service Medal

23 senior ratings/non-commissioned officers with at least 20 years’ service and of “irreproachable character” have also been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal


Lt S E Ashdown RNAS Yeovilton

CPOCOXN(SM) T J Clifton SFM Faslane

WO1AET N Copeland SDA


Lt M Evans HQBF Gibraltar

WO1(COXN SM) M Farr MBE HMS Richmond

WO1(D) N Frost FGen Ships NCHQ

WO1 S A Hall 30 Cdo IX Group

WO1ET(WE) D B Hamp ComSurFlot

WO1WS (AWW) L B Hendrickson c/o Office of Protocol

WO1 (Police) J A Houghton HMS Defender

CPOWS(WESM) G Hunter HMS Ambush

WO2 J B Kemp MBE RM Poole

WO1ET(ME) B Martin 47 Cdo (RG) RM

WO1ET(ME) L Paterson ComSurFlot

WO1 S Payne RNAS Yeovilton

WO1LOG(SC) J Preece Logs Policy NCHQ

WO1 RSM W Rees 42 Cdo RM


POLOG(CS) M Trotter ComSubFlot

WO1ET(ME) C Wheeler MBE ComSurFlot


WO1WS(WESM) S Yeates (HMS Victorious (Starboard))

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