Merchant Navy Medal

In 2015 Her Majesty The Queen
graciously signed the Royal Warrant for the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service.

The first of these prestigious State Awards were presented by HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony in Trinity House on Tuesday 15th November 2016. This supersedes the previous Merchant Navy Medal, details of which can be found here.

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The names of the first recipients were announced on Merchant Navy Day, 2 September 2016,by Shipping Minister John Hayes who went on to say:

"This new state award, with a place in the order of wear, is being awarded to those who are serving or have served in the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets of the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands for exemplary service and devotion to duty, rewarding those who have set an outstanding example to others. Coinciding with Merchant Navy Day, it provides an opportunity to remember the sacrifices of our brave seafarers of the past and to show our appreciation for British shipping today and in the future."

Merchant Navy Medal Recipients

View previous recipients of the medal here.

Honours Committee Patron

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The Merchant Navy Honours Consultative Committee relies upon the generous support of its sponsors.

Previous Merchant
Navy Medal

Find out more about the original Merchant Navy medal.

 Recipients of the medal have received the award for a range of meritorious service including:

Providing operational achievement through leadership, management and sensitivity in a migrant rescue in the Mediterranean

Dedication to seafarer training and removing barriers for those entering the industry

Devotion to welfare work and fundraising support to maritime charities and young seafarers

Whilst the Department for Transport is ultimately responsible for recommending awards to the Ministers it has agreed to consult closely with the Merchant Navy Honours Consultative Committee when reviewing nominations.

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About us

The Merchant Navy Welfare Board, acting on behalf of the Consultative Committee, is happy to answer queries about eligibility and the nomination process.

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