Bravery and commitment rewarded
A Royal Navy captain from Petersfield who helped save the lives of thousands of migrants at sea has been awarded an OBE.
Capt Nick Cooke-Priest was at the helm of HMS Bulwark during the huge humanitarian operation in the Mediterranean last summer.
Over several months, his ship rescued more than 3,000 desperate people, including pregnant women and young children, in dangerous and overcrowded boats fleeing Syria and Africa. Often dehydrated and diseased, they were given sanctuary and a safe passage by HMS Bulwark.
Capt Cooke-Priest (47), who has been awarded for his bravery and commitment, said: “I am fully humbled by this award. Operation Weald, the migrant search and rescue mission in the Southern Mediterranean last year, was a demanding and challenging period for the ship.
“In receiving this honour I would like to pay my greatest respects to the officers, sailors and marines who served with me in Bulwark throughout the operation, it was a genuinely fantastic team effort.”