THIS team of Royal Navy engineers from Portsmouth had reason to celebrate after they scooped a top award.
The sailors were praised for undertaking vital work to maintain HMS Atherstone in arduous conditions in the Gulf for six months and for playing a key role in the 18-month refit of HMS Cattistock in Portsmouth.
Their efforts have since been recognised at the navy’s Fleet Efficiency Awards where they won the prize for engineering excellence.
Lieutenant Commander Simon Cox, the crew’s commanding officer, said: ‘This award means a huge amount to an incredibly talented and dedicated team, who epitomise the finest Royal Navy values of team-work, professionalism and “can-do” attitude.’
The 18-strong team – part of the Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron’s Crew 6 – comprises both marine and weapon engineers.
The award was presented by Second Sea Lord, Vice-Admiral Jonathan Woodcock.