New submariner follows in his dad’s wake

From left, Gloria McLoughlin, Warrant Officer Class 1 Mac McLoughlin, Engineering Technician (ET) Conor McLoughlin, British Forces Gibraltar Commodore Ian McGhie, and HMS Torbay Captain Commander Dan Knight
From left, Gloria McLoughlin, Warrant Officer Class 1 Mac McLoughlin, Engineering Technician (ET) Conor McLoughlin, British Forces Gibraltar Commodore Ian McGhie, and HMS Torbay Captain Commander Dan Knight
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A NEWLY qualified submariner from Portsmouth has followed in his dad’s footsteps by earning his ‘dolphins’.

Portsmouth-born engineering technician Conor McLoughlin was presented with the coveted submariners’ badge by Commodore Ian McGhie in Gibraltar.

Conor’s father and fellow submariner, Warrant Officer Class 1 Mac McLoughlin was there to watch the ceremony. He is based on HM Naval Base Gibraltar.

Mac, who has served on a number of submarines in his 34-year career, was delighted by his son’s achievement.

He said: ‘It is a proud moment and I’m very grateful, in fact I’m chuffed to bits.’

Conor joined the Navy in 2013 and is based on HMS Torbay – a Trafalgar-class submarine. He said he was proud to earn his dolphins, the submariners’ equivalent to wings for aviators.