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Two Military Personnel Receive Honours From Prince Charles

Wing Commander Kevin Gatland received an OBE and Petty Officer Darren Carvell an MBE.

Two military personnel have received honours from the Prince of Wales at an investiture at Buckingham Palace.

Wing Commander Kevin Gatland was congratulated for his role in organising RAF 100 and Royal Navy diver, Petty Officer Diver Darren Carvell for his work as at Royal Naval Clearance.

Wing Commander Gatland

It was a year of celebrations that brought crowds out in their thousands as the Royal Air Force celebrated their 100th anniversary, which culminated in a flypast over Buckingham Palace.

The man behind the planning and coordination of the various events was Wing Commander Kevin Gatland, who was congratulated for his success at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

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Wing Commander Gatland after the investiture ceremony.

Wing Commander Kevin Gatland was honoured and received his OBE:

"It's very humbling to receive such award."

Kevin Gatland is based at RAF Marham, where he has run the Tornado Headquarters as the Chief of Staff.

Petty Officer Carvell

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Petty Officer Carvell after the investiture ceremony.

The 41-year-old petty officer has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for outstanding bravery and commitment to bomb disposal operations.

During his time as a clearance diver father of two Royal Navy diver, Petty Officer Diver Darren Carvell has been responsible for the safe disposal of over 150 explosive ordnance devices.

Outside Buckingham Palace, after receiving his MBE, he told Forces News how it feels to be honoured for the role he plays in the Royal Navy.

"To receive the MBE it's a fantastic award," he said.

"I thank all of my colleagues for their continued support."

“His outstanding dedication has resulted in a huge number of high profile successes for the Royal Navy,” Lieutenant Commander Sean Heaton, the Commanding Officer of the Southern Diving Group said.

A member of Southern Diving Unit 1 in Plymouth between August 2014 and May 2018, Darren Carvell is now part of Fleet Diving Unit 1 on Horsea Island, supporting overseas bomb disposal operations.