Cold, hungry, desperate and in life threatening danger in the middle of the sea. Not a situation many of us can imagine but this is the situation many found, and continue to find themselves in, as a result of the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean. The lucky ones get rescued and, last year, many of them found themselves being rescued by personnel embarked on HMS BULWARK which was undertaking Operation WEALD. Op WEALD was the Royal Navy's contribution to the humanitarian mission in the Central Mediterranean to save the lives of migrants crossing from North Africa. In total, HMS BULWARK helped save over 3000 lives.
Among the crew, deployed at short notice as part of the Role 2 (Afloat) commitment, were some of our very own QARNNS. One of them, PONN Pain, has been awarded a Fleet Commander’s Commendation in the recent Operational Honours list in recognition of her outstanding performance onboard. The 45th Operational Honours and Awards List includes personnel from all three Services who have displayed bravery, commitment and meritorious service. Congratulations to Emma for her well deserved award.
You can see more pictures from the deployment here.
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