REVEREND Bernard Clarke and Warrant Officer John Walker have together given 62 years of service to the Royal Navy.
Now they have both been honoured as Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Warrant Officer 1st Class Marine Engineering Mechanic John Walker, 50, of Portsmouth, serves on board HMS Illustrious training the ship’s company in fire fighting.
His 32-year career has seen him serve in nine ships including HMS Ark Royal.
He said: ‘When I phoned my wife to tell her I was very emotional.
‘As a young rating joining HMS Raleigh it never crossed my mind I would end up as a Warrant Officer in the Royal Navy with an MBE.’
Rev Clarke, a 59-year-old naval chaplain from Gosport, will retire next year after spending most of his 30-year career in posts at sea.
He said: ‘Working at sea as the friend and adviser of all on board is a privilege.’