Royal Navy sailors recognised at military awards

Michelle Ping with Rod Stewart, who was singing to her dad down the phone. Below, Captain Mike Utley of HMS Illustrious, and Warrant Officer John Ravenhall. Main picture: The Sun / News Syndication
Michelle Ping with Rod Stewart, who was singing to her dad down the phone. Below, Captain Mike Utley of HMS Illustrious, and Warrant Officer John Ravenhall. Main picture: The Sun / News Syndication
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THEY work hard fighting for our country and now these Royal Navy sailors have been rewarded in an annual military awards ceremony.

The Sun Military Awards (The Millies), organised by The Sun newspaper in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence, took place in London.

PLEASE CREDIT PO(Phot) Ray Jones''Former Commanding Officer of HMS Illustrious Captain Mike Utley was awarded the Hero Abroad Award.

PLEASE CREDIT PO(Phot) Ray Jones''Former Commanding Officer of HMS Illustrious Captain Mike Utley was awarded the Hero Abroad Award.

The awards were screened on ITV last night and attended by stars such as Rod Stewart, above.

Three awards went to Royal Naval and Royal Marine personnel – with the former Commanding Officer of HMS Illustrious, Captain Mike Utley, receiving the Hero Abroad award.

Capt Utley picked up the award on behalf of all those who assisted the Philippines last year after islands were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

HMS Daring was first on the scene and was followed up by HMS Illustrious with thousands of tonnes of UK aid donated by the British public.

PLEASE CREDIT:  LA(Phot) Gary Weatherston                                        ''Warrant Officer John Ravenhall of Fareham, was one of the nominees for the Home Front Hero Award.'''''ROYAL NAVY BOMB DISPOSAL DUO'PREPARE FOR AFGHANISTAN MISSION'''Two Royal Navy explosive experts head for Afghanistan next week (27/1) to play a key role in dealing with deadly roadside bombs.''Lieutenant Commander Al Nekrews and Leading Diver Craig Waghorn will deploy as the Navy's first high-threat team specialising in handling improvised explosive devices (IEDs).''The Horsea Island-based duo have just qualified as the Navy's first high-threat IED operators and will work throughout Helmand Province for six months, supported by two British Army personnel.''Consent forms held by FRPU(E)

PLEASE CREDIT: LA(Phot) Gary Weatherston ''Warrant Officer John Ravenhall of Fareham, was one of the nominees for the Home Front Hero Award.'''''ROYAL NAVY BOMB DISPOSAL DUO'PREPARE FOR AFGHANISTAN MISSION'''Two Royal Navy explosive experts head for Afghanistan next week (27/1) to play a key role in dealing with deadly roadside bombs.''Lieutenant Commander Al Nekrews and Leading Diver Craig Waghorn will deploy as the Navy's first high-threat team specialising in handling improvised explosive devices (IEDs).''The Horsea Island-based duo have just qualified as the Navy's first high-threat IED operators and will work throughout Helmand Province for six months, supported by two British Army personnel.''Consent forms held by FRPU(E)

He said: ‘I was delighted to accept this award on behalf of all who served in HMS Illustrious during the disaster relief mission in the Philippines.

‘HMS Illustrious served the country for 32 years in a wide range of operations all over the world.

‘It is a privilege to have been her final Commanding Officer and a great honour for all of us to be recognised at the Millies.’

Film star Angelina Jolie, left, recorded a video message for the crew of Lusty.

Officer Cadet and Royal Naval reservist at HMS King Alfred in Portsmouth, Michelle Ping, picked up the Life Savers award after she was mentioned in dispatches for saving the life of a wounded soldier in Afghanistan on Op Herrick 14.

OC Michelle Ping collected the award on behalf of all medical personnel and said: ‘It’s a great honour to be recognised as a life-saver.

‘The medics in Afghanistan, many of whom were reservists like me, did a great job and pushed the boundaries in the treatment of trauma.

‘It was a privilege to play a small part in this and I’m delighted to see our efforts recognised at the Millies.’

And Warrant Officer John Ravenhall, of Fareham was one of the nominees for the Home Front Hero award.

WO Ravenhall of Fleet Diving Unit, who received a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in 2004 for actions at the start of the Iraq war while on HMS Ramsey, said: ‘I was delighted to be invited to represent the Royal Navy’s Fleet Diving Units at the Millies.

‘We provide 24-hour cover for all bomb disposal around the coast and It’s a great honour for our efforts to be recognised in such a public way.’

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were guests of honour at the event.