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Married Naval Couple Recognised In Queen's Birthday Honours

The naval couple are among 36 sailors and Royal Marines recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours.

Honoured Capt Suzi Nielsen and husband Major Erik Nielsen awarded OBE and MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 11062021 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY.png

A married naval couple have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Captain Suzi Nielsen, Commanding Officer of HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, has been awarded the OBE, while her Royal Marine husband Major Erik Nielsen, Second-in-Command of the Commando Training Wing, is made an MBE.

Captain Nielsen has been honoured for completing the challenge of moving the Royal Navy's logistics training – more than 60 staff and personnel plus all the associated equipment – from Torpoint to a new purpose-built combined services complex at Worthy Down near Winchester.

Major Nielsen, based at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, received his MBE for putting together a four-week pre-joining course to help prepare would-be Royal Marines for commando training and a safe plan for instructors and recruits to allow training to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Captain Suzi Nielsen inspects recruits at HMS Raleigh (Picture: Royal Navy).

Capt Nielsen joined the Royal Navy in 1999 as a warfare specialist, before leaving and returning in 2004 as a logistics officer.

She has been in command of HMS Raleigh, which trains most of the Royal Navy raw recruits, since September last year, having previously overseen the Royal Navy's logistics training school on the same site.

Capt Nielsen heard about her award 24 hours after her husband phoned her with the good news of his own.

"I feel incredibly humble and proud – it's recognition for all the work by a great team. For me, it's a total surprise and I couldn't be more delighted," she said.

"It's been a bit of a surreal week – it doesn't really get much better than this.

"The fact that Erik is an MBE as well is the icing on the cake. I could not be more proud of him," she added.

Major Nielsen added: "It's a real honour and privilege to be awarded the MBE but you don't get these accolades from being an individual.

"This award is as much for the team as it is for me, as without their support we would not have achieved the successes we have." 

The couple, from Devon, are among 36 Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel honoured by Her Majesty in the latest honours.

First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin receives a knighthood for his "relentless drive and clear vision, shaping every aspect of the Royal Navy".

Cover image: Captain Suzi Nielsen and husband Major Erik Nielsen awarded an OBE and MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours (Picture: Royal Navy).