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I am delighted to announce that Commodore William (Bill) Walworth CBE MNM RFA(Retd) has been awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for services to the Chamber of Shipping and to the Marine Society/Sea Cadets.

Commodore Bill will receive his medal at an investiture at Trinity House, London, on the 17th November.

On behalf of the RFA Association I offer hearty congratulations to Commodore Bill for this well deserved recognition of achievement.

The Merchant Navy Medal is awarded annualy to recognise meritorious service and acts of courage afloat, and was inaugurated during the Trafalgar Bicentennial year of 2005. The medal features a profile head of Admiral Lord Nelson on the obverse with the inscription “The Merchant Navy Medal” at the top and “1805 Trafalgar 2005” at the bottom. Lord Nelson appears as a reminder of the time he spent as a young man on a West Indies merchantman and the formative part the Merchant Navy played in the development of his outstanding seamanship skills. On the reverse of the medal is the Merchant Navy logo, with the inscription “for meritorious service”. The ribbon is primarily green and red, with a narrow vertical white stripe dividing the two colours, depicting the oncoming navigation lights of a seagoing vessel underway.

More details on the Merchant Navy Medal can be found HERE.