A long serving warrant officer from the Westcountry, who is to take up one of the most influential positions in the Royal Navy, has been recognised for his distinguished service.
Steven Crass who is currently base warrant officer at RNAS Culdrose in Helston, West Cornwall, was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal by Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral David Steel.
The warrant officer, from Porthleven, received the medal in a ceremony in Nelson’s cabin on board HMS Victory in Portsmouth.
He will transfer to the Hampshire city later this month to take up the warrant officer of the naval service - the highest position for any rating in the Royal Navy service.
Officer Crass said his time at the base particularly rewarding and invigorating.
He said: “Playing a day by day part in the welfare, morale and discipline of an air station comprising 2000 military personnel is quite a challenge.
“It’s also a very important to ensure all our people are aware of what’s going on in the wider navy and that their thoughts and concerns are passed up the command chain.
“My mother brought me up to work hard and be diligent and I have been fortunate enough to have had some great role models throughout my career which has made me want to give 100% to what I do.
“I am extremely grateful to my family who have been amazing in supporting me whether I have been coming home every night or deployed for 6 months and this award would never have happened without them.”
The meritorious service medal is awarded to warrant officers and non-commissioned rating from all three services with at least 20 years of service and holders of the long service and good conduct medal.
Awards of the medal require good, faithful, valuable and meritorious service with conduct judged to be irreproachable throughout.
To reinforce the special character of the medal, limits are placed on the numbers issued annually in the naval service to no more than 49 for the Royal Navy and three in the Royal Marines