A Preston sailor has received a special award for ‘outstanding leadership’.
Leading Engineering Technician (LET) Matt Shearing, 37, scooped the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers Armourer’s Prize at the annual Ceremonial Divisions event held at HMS Collingwood, Fareham.
He was chosen for the award after excelling on his recent LET course.
He was judged to have been the trainee “who demonstrated outstanding leadership and made a significant contribution to the benefit of the class whilst on course.”
The award was made by Dr Simon Alexander Archer of the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasier.
The event was attended by 500 personel, with music from The Royal Artillary Band, and guests of honour including Fleet Commander and Deputy Cheif of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Sir Peter Johns.
Since joining the Royal Navy Matt has served on HMS Vengeance, HMS Victorious and has visited Halifax, Canada and Georgia, USA.
He cites the highlight of his career so far as joining HMS Artful, since when he has gained promotion to LET and will hopes to be part of the crew bringing the submarine out of build.
He said: “I would like to stay with the boat through the build programme, sea trials and eventually commission.”
Originally from Southsea but now living in Preston, Matt enjoys playing football and squash and mountain biking in his free time.
He added: “It was a nice surprise to win the award, not something I was expecting at all.
“It was good to be invited to HMS Collingwood Commanding Officer’s house to meet the dignitaries and other VIPs.”
HMS Collingwood is the home of the Maritime Warfare School which provides training to all officers and ratings of the Royal Navy in their professional specialisations which include weapon engineering, communications, and warfare.