Warrant officer’s MBE for minehunter work

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HIS hard work has made sure the Royal Navy’s minehunters are kept in top condition for their vital work in the Gulf.

Now, Portsmouth-based Warrant Officer Class 2 Paul Hutchinson has been rewarded for his efforts with an MBE.

The 54-year-old has worked in testing conditions on three Hunt-class minehunters – HMS Hurworth, HMS Quorn and HMS Atherstone – using his engineering skills to keep them in top condition.

WO2 Hutchinson said: ‘I consider that I am receiving the honour on behalf of all the minehunters and crew I have served with in the Gulf over the last three years.’

Elsewhere, Wendy Townshend, a senior scientific officer for the Ministry of Defence in Portsmouth was also awarded an MBE.

Professor Albert Jones, the head of conservation for the Mary Rose Trust, also received the honour for his work on the ship’s conservation.