Medals are presented ceremoniously in the parade ground. But for Petty Officer Andy Coulson, a Royal Navy diver it was something different. He received his medal underwater.
Some interesting features of this medal presentation are:
- Petty Officer Andy Coulson of Southern Diving Unit 2 (SDU2), received his 15 year Long Service and Good Conduct Medal underwater.
- The citation and medal was presented by his Officer in Charge SDU2, Lieutenant Simon Leightley at the bottom of a military outdoor swimming pool.
- Petty Officer Andy Coulson joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16 as an Air Engineer Mechanic and he was transferred to the diving branch 11 years ago.
Here is the amazing photograph from the Royal Navy.
From left: Warrant Officer (Diver) Robin Rickard watches Acting Petty Officer Andy Coulson (centre) receive his medal for loyal service from Lieutenant Simon Leightley
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