A ROYAL Navy officer who has served for 26 years has been awarded the prestigious Meritorious Service Medal.
Warrant Officer Kevin Fudge, 46, from Chichester, has been praised for his outstanding contribution to the Royal Navy.
He was given his medal on board HMS Victory by the Second Sea Lord, Vice-Admiral David Steel.
WO Fudge joined the navy in 1987 and now works on the project team building HMS Queen Elizabeth.
He said: ‘I had absolutely no idea I had been recommended for this prestigious award.
‘I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.’
WO Fudge has seen service in a number of warzones, including Iraq, Kosovo, and Yugoslavia.
The Meritorious Service Medal recognises long-term service to the armed forces.
Despite his busy career, WO Fudge still finds time to enjoy walking and playing football, as well as spending time with his wife Angie and two children Lara, 19, and Ben, 17.