Glasgow Councillor Honoured By The Royal Navy

Glasgow's Depute Lord Provost has become an honorary Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy.

A Glasgow councillor has been appointed an honorary Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy.

Depute Lord Provost Philip Braat was presented with his naval uniform by Captain Chris Smith, Naval Regional Commander for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Captain Smith said: "As a long-time supporter of the armed forces, and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines in particular, Councillor Braat is well-deserving of this honour.

"Glasgow's maritime heritage is world renowned, and the City continues to play its role in shaping tomorrow's Royal Navy. It is thus a great honour that the Depute Lord Provost has accepted this role."

Listen to Forces Radio BFBS Scotland's Jim Gellatly speaking to Philip Braat at Glasgow City Chambers:

The ceremony took place on November 2 at Glasgow’s Royal Navy Reserve Unit HMS Dalriada. Philip Braat previously served there as a reservist, following a family tradition which saw his late Grandfather serve in the Navy during the Second World War.

Philip Braat said: "It's an important role, representing and promoting the Royal Navy to the general public.

"As a city we are very proud of our links to the Royal Navy and that the first of the new Type 26 frigates will be named HMS Glasgow."

The Councillor, who represents the Anderston/City/Yorkhill ward, added:

"The city is connected with the Royal Navy and the Royal Navy with the city. It is vital that we continue to forge the links between the wider community and what the services do."