Naval officer honoured with ornamental sword

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A ROYAL Navy officer has been handed an ornamental sword in recognition of outstanding service.

Lieutenant Matt Faye, a medical services officer based at Whale Island in Portsmouth, was given the Colley Sword for his work and training.

He will keep the accolade for the next three years before returning it to the navy for the next recipient.

Lt Faye, 35, from Fareham, said: ‘I’m extremely proud.

‘It is a huge honour, and one that I hope will lead to a full and successful career in the future.’

Lt Faye has worked as a medical liaison officer in Afghanistan, and served at naval shore establishment HMS Neptune and the Royal Navy Leadership Academy.

He joined the Royal Navy 14 years ago as a rating and was commissioned as an officer in 2008.

The sword was donated to the 
Royal Navy by Surgeon Rear Admiral 
Ian Colley when he left the Service in 1980.

It was to be presented to the medical services officer who gained the highest marks from the Special Duties Officer Course at BRNC Dartmouth.