A very rare Air Operations Iraq group to POSA I P Lunt D220600L RN / awarded Joint Commanders Commendation
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A very rare Air Operations Iraq group to POSA I P Lunt D220600L RN / awarded Joint Commanders Commendation.
Iain’s service history in his own words
I joined 27th Jan 1989 at HMS Raleigh as a Stores accountant.
Passed out of basic & professional training June 89 and drafted to RNAS Portland. Jun 89-May 90. Providing support to various Squadrons and ships doing Operational Sea Training.
Joined HMS Invincible May 90-Apr 92. Various ops including Iraq stand by.
Joined HMS Eaglet ( RNR Training unit) May 92-Jun 93. Looking after 2 university mine sweeper tenders. HMS Charger & HMS Biter and assisting in training of RNR personnel.
Jun 93-May 94 Joined RNAS Prestwick (Scotland) as Stores Accountant supporting the Search & Rescue Squadrons and visiting aircraft.
Jun 94 joined HMS Illustrious. Many ops including Kosovo & Former Yugoslavia freedom. Awarded Kosovo & Yugoslavia medals.
Oct 96 joined Faslane Submarine base providing support to the Minesweeper Squadrons and various Submarines.
Mar 97 joined FSU 03 based on RFA Diligence. Providing in theatre support for minesweeping ops during 2nd gulf War.
Apr 98 Joined HMS Invincible. Deployed for OP Bolton in Gulf. Provided front line support for Air Ops in Iraq and Fleet task group. Awarded CJO and Air Ops Iraq medal Oct 1999 for services in theatre. Nominated for MBE. Rated to LH.
Mar 01 Joined HMS Nelson waterfront support unit. Air stores returns, ships in refit & training co-ordinator. Rated PO.
Feb 04 joined HMS Lancaster as dept head. Various ops including first deployment with French Charles De Gaule Carrier. First ever landing of Royal Naval Merlin helicopter on a French carrier.
Aug 06 joined RNAS Culdrose. Training PO & Squadron liaison.
Oct 07 Joined MASF. Providing helicopter support packages for entire fleet. Various forward ops including Afghanistan set up.
Mar 10 joined RNAS Culdrose. Div reg, support PO.
Jan 12 had left service through voluntary redundancy package. 23 years’ service.
Iain was awarded the Joint Commanders Commendation, a scare award which entitles him to have the post nominals after his name. Iain believes that only 4 or 5 of these were given out for Air Operations Iraq. He was recommended for the MBE but was awarded the Joint Commanders Commendation.
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