A FORMER Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander, who only recently retired after 39 years of service, recently returned to the UK to be honoured in a ceremony on HMS Victory.
Carl Louden and wife Nicola travelled from their home near Torrevieja, where they have lived for a little over a year to Portsmouth to receive the award, which relates to his time served as a Royal Naval Staff Officer (RNSO) for HMS King Alfred, the RNR Unit where he spent his final appointment before retiring.
During the award ceremony aboard Lord Nelson’s former flagship, Carl was presented with his honour by Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE.
The testimonial, written by the Commanding Officer of HMS King Alfred, Cdr Chris Webb, spoke of Carl’s professionalism and determination in support of part time reservists who were being deployed to the Future Reserves 2020 Programme and to the critical role that he played in the delivery of the largest trained strength figure in an RNR Unit.
Carl and Nicola have quickly established themselves as valuable members of the Orihuela Costa Branch of the Royal British Legion and the Torrevieja Royal Naval Association and, when in Spain, they can regularly be seen supporting both of these very worthwhile causes.
In fact Carl still has many commitments back in the United Kingdom including a commitment to serve in the Royal Naval Reserve for a further 5 years, to which he was transferred at the end of last year.
Part of that service will see him participating in the annual RN/RM Charity sponsored Field Gun Competition as part of the RNR team.