A ROYAL Navy commander has picked up an MBE for his time in charge of a naval air squadron.
Commander Chris Canning, from Portsmouth, is said to have promoted a ‘remarkable spirit de corps’ while in charge of 771 Naval Air Squadron in Culdrose.
The 45-year-old received his MBE from the Queen at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
He said: ‘My two years in command of 771 were incredibly rewarding.
‘It’s not every day you get to lead a team that really makes a difference.
‘It was a memorable posting and then to be honoured with an MBE is just truly fantastic and came completely out of the blue.’
According to Chris’s citation, his performance as commanding officer of 771 was exemplary.
He was described as ‘rising to every challenge’ and during his time in charge, the squadron’s Sea King helicopters flew over 500 search and rescue sorties.