UK: Lancashire Officer Gets Impressive Award

Lancashire Officer Gets Impressive Award

Lieutenant Commander Nigel Griffiths QGM, Royal Navy was awarded the HMS Collingwood Officer’s Association Sword at the Ceremonial Divisions held at the Fareham base recently.

Nigel, 49 was presented the sword by Mr Mike Covington, cousin to Commander Richard Covington Royal Navy who kindly donated it after spending 40 years in the RN.

The award, which is given annually, is granted to an individual who has displayed notable leadership.

Nigel’s nomination came from the reputation he’d built throughout the year, earning him considerable respect from everyone across the establishment coupled with his ability to deliver excellent results from demanding commitments whilst maintaining an outstanding performance.

In addition, his willingness to step up at short notice set him apart from his peers. He’s become a popular figure renowned for his personal drive, networking and professional work ethic which maintains the high reputation for which HMS Collingwood is known.

Speaking about receiving the award, he remarked:

“I was very honoured to be the recipient of the Officers Association Sword, the job is very demanding and rewarding and it is nice to be recognised for the hard work and effort in running a military establishment.

“The nominee of this award is kept secret until it is announced on the day I had no idea I was receiving it until my name was read out.”

Personnel at the base had even managed to sneak in Nigel’s wife Katy and Mother Val Griffiths to observe the award being given.

Originally from Oswaldtwistle, Nigel joined the Royal Navy in 1983 and during his 30 year career has served on numerous Frigates, Destroyers and Aircraft carriers.

In addition to this award, Nigel has also been the recipient of the Queens Gallantry Award for the selfless action displayed when attempting to rescue a young boy from an overturned fishing vessel in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong.

He declares his career highlights as serving on HMS Gloucester during the first Gulf War as well as working for NATO Intelligence Services.

Throughout his expansive and impressive naval career he’s been privileged to have lived abroad for 9 years whilst serving, countries including Bosnia, Gibraltar, USA and Hong Kong.

A keen sports enthusiast he has participated in over 15 Royal Navy Field Gun competitions since he first competed in 1983 including representing HMS Collingwood at this year’s Open Day.

A former pupil of Rhyddings School, Nigel will shortly be retiring to civilian life after over 31 years of service.

HMS Collingwood is the home of the Maritime Warfare School which contributes to the operational capability of the Fleet by providing first class training to all officers and ratings of the Royal Navy in their professional specialisations which include, Weapon Engineering, Communications, and Warfare.

Press Release, July 26, 2013; Image: Royal Navy