Sailor gets top award

Gavin Edwards receiving his award from Vice Admiral Philip Jones.
Gavin Edwards receiving his award from Vice Admiral Philip Jones.

A county soldier has received a special commendation for his outstanding efforts over the past year.

Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Philip Jones presented his Commendations to Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and civilian staff, including Able Seaman Gavin Edwards from Ashington.

Gavin was awarded a commendation for his work onboard the submarine HMS Vanguard.

After a colleague fell ill, Gavin was approached at very short notice and asked to deploy on a 77 day patrol which he agreed to do and went on to show ‘enthusiasm, zeal and impeccable professionalism’.

He said: “I am amazed to have received this award as I was simply carrying out my duties.”

Gavin, who is currently training as an Engineering Technician (Marine Engineer) at HMS Sultan in Hampshire, added: “Qualifying as a submariner a few years ago and travelling to the USA where we test fired missiles was definitely a highlight of my career so far.”

Vice Admiral Jones said: “These awards are recognition of those men and women who have really gone above and beyond in what they do.  

“In recognising them, I am also recognising their family and friends who provide such incredible and resolute support.”

Commendations were awarded at a ceremony at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth.