Navy doctor gets medal for work at Afghanistan base

AWARD Brigadier Bill Dunham, Deputy Commandant Royal Marines, gives Surgeon Commander Jason Smith the Operation Herrick medal.
AWARD Brigadier Bill Dunham, Deputy Commandant Royal Marines, gives Surgeon Commander Jason Smith the Operation Herrick medal.

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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.’