Commodore Tim Neild presenting the LSA5k award to LS John Gibson on board HMS Magpie 081220 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY
Navy

HMS Magpie Sailor Receives Long Service Award

The sailor from Devonport's HMS Magpie has spent the equivalent of nearly 14-and-a-half years at sea.

Commodore Tim Neild presenting the LSA5k award to LS John Gibson on board HMS Magpie 081220 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY

A sailor from HMS Magpie has received a special award in recognition of his dedicated service lasting 32 years.

Leading Seaman John Gibson, who has spent more than 5,275 days at sea in that time, was presented with the LSA5K (Longer Separation Allowance 5,000 days) Award last week by Commander Surface Flotilla, Commodore Tim Neild, on board HMS Magpie.

LS Gibson started his career on HMS Magpie's predecessor, HMS Gleaner, as a trainee on loan before joining the much larger survey ship, HMS Hecla.

Lieutenant Commander Mark White, Commanding Officer HMS Magpie, said: "LS(SR) Gibson has been a key member of the team, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Inshore Survey Vessel.

"The LSA5K Award is a fitting recognition to his exceptional career at sea and on operation."

LS Gibson is now finishing his sea-going days, completing it the way he started, on the smallest ship in the Royal Navy fleet.  

Cover image: Commodore Tim Neild presenting the LSA5K award to LS John Gibson on board HMS Magpie (Picture: Royal Navy).