Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service
In 2015 Her Majesty The Queen graciously signed the Royal Warrant for the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service. The first of these prestigious State Awards were presented by HRH The Princess Royal at ceremony in Trinity House on Tuesday 15th November 2016.
The names of the first recipients were announced on Merchant Navy Day, 2 September 2016, by Shipping Minister John Hayes who went on to say:
"This new state award, with a place in the order of wear, is being awarded to those who are serving or have served in the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets of the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands for exemplary service and devotion to duty, rewarding those who have set an outstanding example to others. Coinciding with Merchant Navy Day, it provides an opportunity to remember the sacrifices of our brave seafarers of the past and to show our appreciation for British shipping today and in the future."
Recipients of the medal in this first year have received the award for a range of meritorious service including:
- providing operational achievement through leadership, management and sensitivity in a migrant rescue in the Mediterranean in 2015
- dedication to seafarer training and removing barriers for those entering the industry
- devotion to welfare work and fundraising support to maritime charities and young seafarers
Whilst the Department of Transport is ultimately responsible for recommending awards to the Ministers it has agreed to consult closely with the
Nomination Form and Guidance Notes
Completed forms must be sent to:
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
Please note all nominations will be acknowledged and further information may be requested. Neither the Department for Transport nor the Merchant Navy Honours Consultative Committee will enter into any correspondence about the eventual outcomes