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THEY have kept up the highest standards throughout their naval careers, and now a total of 23 sailors and Royal Marines have been recognised with the Meritorious Service Medal.

Second Sea Lord, Vice-Admiral David Steel, presented the awards on board HMS Victory in Portsmouth.

He said: ‘I’m exceptionally honoured to present these medals to an outstanding group of personnel.

‘These awards are given to those who, in 20 years or more of service to the Royal Navy, have maintained the highest, unbroken standard of conduct and proved themselves to be truly remarkable individuals in their line of work.

‘They set an incredible example for others to follow and should be extremely proud of all they have achieved.’

Warrant Officer First Class Elvis Carvalho, 43, from Portsmouth-based HMS Illustrious, was one of those to receive a 

He said: ‘I’m extremely proud to receive the MSM, especially as I’m from an ethnic minority background and have really enjoyed my career with the Royal Navy.’