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A ROYAL Marine has received his Long Service and Good Conduct medal atop an ice floe in one of the world’s most hostile places.

Lance Corporal Leon Brunning is serving on board Portsmouth-based HMS Protector in Antarctica.

He was presented with his medal, marking 17-and-a-half years of unblemished service, by the ship’s captain.

Capt Rhett Hatcher said: ‘With almost perfect weather conditions, this is a most fitting location for such an important and memorable event.’

L/Cpl Brunning, serving with 43 Commando (Fleet Protection Group) is responsible for maintaining Protector’s small vehicle fleet.

The ship sailed from Portsmouth in October.