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Long service award for HMS Magpie sailor

Commodore Tim Neild presenting the LSA5K award to LS John Gibson
14 December 2020
A sailor from Devonport-based survey vessel HMS Magpie has been decorated for his dedication to the Navy after spending more than 14 years at sea.

Leading Seaman John Gibson, who has served in the Royal Navy for 32 years, has accumulated more than 5,275 sea days (14 whole years and five months), earning him the new ‘LSA5K award’.  

His first ship as a trainee was on loan to HMS Magpie’s predecessor in the Hydrographical Fleet, HMS Gleaner, prior to his first proper draft on the much larger survey ship, HMS Hecla. He now ends his seagoing days, turning full circle from the smallest ship in the Fleet at the time to back once again with the smallest ship in the Fleet, HMS Magpie.

LS(SR) Gibson has been a key member of the team bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Inshore Survey Vessel

Lieutenant Commander Mark White

The survey recorder's contribution to the Royal Navy has been acknowledged with the presentation of the Longer Separation Allowance 5000 Days recognition award, presented by the Commander Surface Flotilla, Commodore Tim Neild, onboard HMS Magpie.

"Leading Seaman Gibson has been a key member of the team bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Inshore Survey Vessel,” said Lieutenant Commander Mark White, Commanding Officer HMS Magpie. “The LSA5K Award is a fitting recognition to his exceptional career at sea and on operations.” 

 

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