Honour is ‘total surprise’ for former Navy man

David Paterson
David Paterson

A newly retired senior Royal Navy rating has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his efforts ensuring the senior service has a capable air defence arm.

Until his recent retirement Warrant Officer 1, David Paterson, worked in the Supply Chain at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton. And it was for his “ceaseless efforts” in this role delivering “current and future operational capability to the Fleet Air Arm” that he has been awarded an MBE.

WO Paterson (retired), 52, who lives in Moulton Park, Northampton, with his wife Samantha, said the announcement had come as a surprise.

He said: “It was with great delight that I read the letter saying that I had been appointed an MBE. It came as a total surprise.

“As an individual who was told at school that he would never make anything of his life, I hope my achievements in the Royal Navy inspire young people to consider a career in the Navy, a career which helped me exceed all of my personal expectations.”

David Paterson, originally from Forfar, Angus, left school in 1976 before joining the Navy in 1981. He had a varied career in the Navy which took him around the world including the US, Australia, Middle East and Brazil – a country which he visited 28 times.

From 2004 to 2006 he served as Squadron Warrant Officer at the Defence Maritime Logistics School, HMS Raleigh, where he was responsible for helping new recruits through their professional training. In July 2008 he took up the role of WO (Logistics) at RNAS Yeovilton, a role that he remained in until his retirement earlier this year.

Since retiring David has started working for the Thales Group as an asset manager. He said: “My new role allows me to utilise the skills and knowledge that I gained during my naval career, which spanned some 32 years.”