A RETIRED submarine commander surfaced at Buckingham Palace to be presented with an honour for service to his country.
Lieutenant Commander Stuart Hobson, from Consett, in County Durham, collected an MBE announced during the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
The 55-year-old was given the award for his dedication to the UK’s continuous at sea deterrent and helping to promote relations between the Royal Navy and US Navy.
After leaving Blackfyne Secondary School, Lieutenant Commander Hobson embarked on a 38-year career with the Royal Navy, serving on the Polaris submarines HMS Renown, HMS Repulse and HMS Resolution followed by tours with Vanguard submarines HMS Victorious and HMS Vengeance.
He said: “The investiture was a unique experience which made me and my wife very proud, yet humble. It made me feel that my 38-years before the mast was not in vain.”
Since retirement, Mr Hobson has started a new career in the private sector with Lockheed Martin UK Strategic Systems.
Accompanying him to the Buckingham Palace ceremony were his wife, Wendy, and their three children, Chris, Nick and Emma.
Source – The Northern Echo
Would like to know where you got the painting of the boat. I represent the artist. His website is http://www.submarineart.com, and I want to make sure you are either linking to his site or you have permission/purchased the print.
Get the image from Google. Was trying to get something that suggested all the boats he’d been on. Sorry if I’ve contravened any copyrite. Happy to reference and indeed put your submarineart link into the site….Jason