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New Year Honours List 2017

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If ever there was an illustration of the awesome power projected by the Royal Navy’s helicopters – this image is it.

The Lynx helicopter from 815 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, lit up the night sky with her decoy flares as part of an exercise in the Indian Ocean.

The helicopter is on a nine-month deployment to the Gulf with HMS Richmond – a Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate which is silhouetted in the background.

Decoy flares – or Infra Red Counter Measures – attract heat-seeking missiles, drawing them away from the helicopter’s engines and onto a much hotter target.

HMS Richmond’s primary tasking in the Indian Ocean has been as part of Combined Maritime Forces Combined Task Force 150. Their mission is to promote maritime security in order to counter terrorist activity and other illegal activities.

Sub-Lieutenant Emily Witcher, one of the ship’s officers of the watch, said: “We can carry out counter narcotics smuggling one day, and immediately switch to anti-submarine warfare training the next. This demonstrates the flexibility that a Type 23 frigate provides.”

New Year Honours List 2017

Men and women of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines have been recognised for their public service in the New Year Honours List 2017.

A total of 23 naval personnel representing a cross section of the service have been named in this year’s honours list.

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