AN OFFICER has thanked the Royal Navy for giving him a chance to explore the world straight out of school.
Sub Lieutenant (SLt) Edward Timpson, who is now based at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, left school with his GCSEs and was unsure of his next move.
He said: ‘The Royal Navy has given me an opportunity to develop an interest in Engineering and achieve an Electrical Engineering degree after leaving school with just GCSEs.
SLt Timpson went on to travel the world after joining the navy in 2009.
He has previously served aboard HMS Turbulent, conducting anti-piracy and counter narcotic operations in the Arabian Gulf.
In 2011, he was also involved in operations off the coast of Libya during the conflict.
Edward has also visited India, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Portugal and Greece thanks to his job.
He is now a Weapons Engineering Officer at HMS Collingwood.
SLt Timpson, originally from Sandwich in Kent was recently awarded the Officers’ Association Sword by Britannia Royal Naval College which is presented annually to the Officer Cadet who has demonstrated the strongest adherence to the Naval Service values and ethos during Initial Officer Training.
Speaking of his award and acknowledging the support of his fiancee Natasha and his parents, Russel and Ursula, he said: ‘Being recommended for this award is a great honour.
‘I can attribute my success to the support and guidance of my family and fiancée.’
Furthermore, as part of the Royal Navy Presentation Team, Edward has worked hard visiting schools to inform the general public of what the Royal Navy does for them.
He cites his best deployment as service on a submarine east of the Suez Canal as it allowed him to put all the training he’d received into practice in a job that he acknowledges very few people get to do.
Last year Midshipman Sarah Barrowclough from Waterlooville was presented with Britannia Association Sword during a ceremony at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) for the most improved officer cadet.
Mid Barrowclough said: ‘It has been a memorable year and receiving this award is a great end to it. This is something I never expected to receive.’