Award for ship and its ever ready crew
A BUSY year at sea has earned the Royal Navy's flagship HMS Bulwark top honours.
The Plymouth-based amphibious landing ship has been at peak military and security readiness or on patrol worldwide for most of 2012.
The ship was presented with the 2012 Royal Navy Capability Award and the Capital Ship Efficiency award.
Captain Andrew Burns, Bulwark's commanding officer, said: "The ship's company have delivered an extraordinary range of activity during 2012.
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"Bulwark has executed each task to an exceptionally high standard and I am delighted that this has been recognised through these awards. Every member of the Bulwark team should be justifiably proud of their achievements."
In 2012 the ship took part in Nato's Arctic exercise Cold Response, played a key role in Olympic Games security off Weymouth and Portland, and led the UK Response Task Force Cougar 12 Mediterranean deployment.
At a separate event on board in Plymouth Rear Admiral Clive Johnstone, who heads Flag Officer Sea Training at Devonport, presented the crew with the efficiency award pennant.
The ship's head of engineering, Commander Nigel Wright, received the Standing Joint commander (UK) commendation for his contribution to Olympics security.