A SURGEON has returned from Afghanistan and been awarded his operational medal.
Surgeon Commander Jason Smith, 41 of Locks Heath, was given the medal in a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base.
He is a consultant plastic surgeon and had been serving at Camp Bastion hospital treating military personnel and Afghan civilians.
Brigadier Bill Dunham, Deputy Commandant Royal Marines, gave the married father-of-three, pictured right, the Operation Herrick medal.
Jason said: ‘I’m extremely proud to receive this medal. Afghanistan was a very different experience to when I’ve deployed on Royal Navy operations on submarines for example – it is a unique environment.
‘It was a gratifying experience looking after our wounded military personnel.
‘I enjoyed the deployment and worked with some fantastic and dedicated people.’