Redundant Royal Navy sailors still entitled to a medal

James Rhodes from Waterlooville with the medal he and his surviving shipmates have have been awarded for their work on the supply convoys which helped The Netherlands during the second world war     
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SAILORS facing redundancy will still get a diamond jubilee medal to mark the Queen’s 60th year on the throne, the government has said.

There were concerns the 1,020 navy men and women who received redundancy notices on September 30 would miss out on the medal which is to be awarded to all armed forces personnel next year.

But defence minister Andrew Robathan assured MPs this will not be the case because the sailors’ six-month and 12-month redundancy notice periods go beyond the February 6 cut-off date to be eligible for the award.

Responding to a question from Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt, Mr Robathan said those sailors who have done more than five years’ service will still be awarded the medal.

He said: ‘No-one who is eligible for the diamond jubilee medal on the correct date, which is, I think, the sixth February this coming year, will be affected by compulsory redundancy because the qualification date will be before anyone is made compulsorily redundant.’

The Royal Navy is having to make 5,000 job cuts by 2015.