Tullibody sailor wins Admiral Rutherford Trophy
A sailor from TULLIBODY recently received an award from the Royal Navy after taking a course.
Raymond Hamilton was awarded the Admiral Rutherford Trophy as top scholar after completing his Petty Officer Engineering Technician (POET) course.
The award was presented by Commodore Andy Jordan, Deputy Director of Ships, in a socially distanced ceremony at HMS Collingwood, headquarters of the Maritime Welfare School near Fareham.
Joined the Navy in 2014 after eight years working for Currys PC World, Raymond has had an interesting career to date.
He cites one of his highlights while serving on HMS Medway during their visit to the Caribbean at the end of 2019.
Reflecting on his time in the Caribbean, he said: “Being deployed to support disaster relief was amazing.
“Swimming in the Blue Lagoon in Jamaica and being on a deserted tropical beach are experiences I won’t forget.”
In addition to receiving this award, the 34-year-old also received the Captain’s Award for Best Rookie during his basic training at HMS Raleigh and received the Best Apprentice (Engineering Technician) Award at the apprenticeship of naval service in March 2016.
Speaking about his award, Raymond said, “I knew the masters engineering course would be difficult because it has civilian level accreditation.
“With the lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions at HMS Collingwood being so strict, I found enough time to delve into the books and revise.
“I also think the feeling of failure because you haven’t tried enough personally is horrible.
“I am very happy to accept this award because it shows that if you put effort into your naval career, the Royal Navy will recognize and reward you.”
Raymond is currently in the midst of preparatory courses for his new position as Assistant Mine Countermeasures Vessel Weapons Engineer.