PM presents award to NCO
THE MERITORIOUS Service Medal has been presented to a senior non-commissioned Royal Naval sailor by Prime Minister David Cameron.
The MSM was awarded to Warrant Officer 1 Garry Smith for his outstanding service to the Royal Navy in the field of training and executive management. The presentation was made by the Prime Minister at the passing-out parade at Britannia Royal Naval College.
It became a family affair as Garry's 23-year-old son, Tom, is currently undergoing training at Dartmouth as a young officer.
He is half way through training and hopes to be commissioned as a training management officer in December.
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Garry's wife Angela, parents and daughter Roxanne were also there for the special occasion.
Garry, from Plymouth, said: "It is such a great honour to receive my Meritorious Service Medal at Dartmouth, especially from the Prime Minister and with all my family here to share my day it has been a really momentous occasion."
The 52-year-old joined the Royal Navy in 1976 and has served during the Falklands Conflict as well as deploying to Afghanistan.
He now works at Flag Officer Sea Training Executive Department, based in Devonport. His role involves the training and development of ship's senior teams ensuring they can meet the command's aims and objectives.