Captain’s praise for Royal Navy officer over dedicated service

Lieutenant Shaun Parker (left) receives his award from the commanding officer of RNAS Culdrose
Lieutenant Shaun Parker (left) receives his award from the commanding officer of RNAS Culdrose
Chris Hayward is presented with a certificate by Captain Andy Jordan at HMS Collingwood after 42 years' service with the navy Picture: Keith Woodland

Navy employee retires after 42 years

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A LONG-SERVING Royal Navy officer has been presented with a captain’s award for his hard work in the Fleet Air Arm.

Lieutenant Shaun Parker, 36, from Gosport, received the award from the commanding officer of RNAS Culdrose, pictured right.

His career, which began in 1996, has seen him serve around the world working with the navy’s Sea King helicopters.

‘I was in the Sea Cadets at HMS Sultan as a boy and from an early age knew I was destined for a career in the Royal Navy,’ he said. ‘I’ve had a wonderful career which has taken me to some fantastic places such as Goa, Bethlehem, Canada, the USA three times, Israel and most of the Mediterranean.

‘I’ve worked extremely hard over the last 19 years and I feel very privileged and proud to have served my country.

‘The best part of the job is the unique opportunity to work with the highly sophisticated military equipment and some great people from all over the world.’