More than 150 sailors were on parade at the Tower of London on Tuesday, 16 May as the men and women of HMS President mustered for their Annual Divisions.
Accompanied by the Band of the Royal Marines, they marched into the Tower from HMS President in St Kathryn’s Way before forming up in the Inner Ward.
The Lord Mayor of London, Dr Andrew Parmley, inspected the parade before presenting long service medals and HMS President’s annual awards for exceptional contributions to the unit.
The Lord Mayor told the parade he wanted to thank the Ship’s Company for their contribution to the Royal Navy and to the nation’s defence and security, he said:
“Bravo Zulu, naval speak for well done, from the Lord Mayor and the City, from London and from our nation as a whole.”
Five members of the Ship’s Company received long service medals, including Commanding Officer, Commander John Herriman who was awarded the Volunteer Reserves Service Medal in recognition of 10 years ‘long and efficient service of proved capacity in the Royal Naval Reserve.’
Six officers and ratings were recognised for outstanding contributions to the unit during the past year including Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Evadne Gordon who received the David Skinner Memorial Trophy. CPO Gordon has 40 years’ service in the Royal Naval Reserve including being mobilised twice to support British Forces in Hong Kong. The citation for the award stated that ‘She can be truly said to have trained an entire generation of RNR Officers and Ratings ….CPO Gordon has consistently provided a role model of what one should expect from an experienced Senior Rate.”