Sailor awarded medal on an iceberg

ICY: Leading Seaman Scott Black was presented with his Long Service and Good Conduct medal on top of an iceberg in Antarctica by HMS Protector's commanding officer, Captain Peter Sparkes. Picture: LA(Phot) Arron Hoare
ICY: Leading Seaman Scott Black was presented with his Long Service and Good Conduct medal on top of an iceberg in Antarctica by HMS Protector's commanding officer, Captain Peter Sparkes. Picture: LA(Phot) Arron Hoare
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A ROYAL Navy sailor has been presented with a long service medal in a most unusual location.

Leading Seaman Scott Black, from Portchester, was given a medal on top of an iceberg in Antarctica for 17 years of service.

LS Black serves on board Portsmouth-based icebreaker HMS Protector, which has been gathering data about waters around a small, uninhabited island called Detaille Island.

And it seemed the perfect location for the ship’s commanding officer, Captain Peter Sparkes, to present the sailor with his Long Service and Good Conduct medal.

Capt Sparkes said: ‘Seventeen years of dedicated and professional service to the country and Royal Navy is a significant milestone and something to be celebrated.

‘LS Black is a superb example and role model for junior sailors in HMS Protector.

‘It was a privilege to present him this award while in the breathtaking scenery of Detaille Island.’