Navy commander honoured with MBE

A ROYAL Navy officer has been awarded an MBE for a successful operation in UK waters '“ including a record drugs bust.

Tuesday, 27th June 2017, 12:01 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:47 am

Commander Michael Wood, captain of HMS Somerset, is praised in the award citation for ‘his leadership and deft management’.

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His ship was involved in the discovery of the biggest-ever single haul of illegal drugs in the UK – five tonnes of cocaine, worth an estimated £500m – 100 miles east of Aberdeen.

Reacting to the award, Cdr Wood praised his crew and their efforts, adding: ‘I was immensely proud just to be the ship’s captain; the MBE is a humbling bonus, for which I am very grateful.’