A SUNDERLAND naval officer has been praised for setting a ‘shining example’ in the Royal Navy’s diving and bomb disposal units
Lieutenant Commander Kev Stockton has been recognised for his exceptional leadership as Commanding Officer of the Fleet Diving Group.
The 49-year-old was also commended for his dedicated and professional contribution in more than six years in command of Clearance Diving teams.
A former pupil of Monkwearmouth School, Lt Cdr Stockton was presented with the Fleet Commander’s Commendation by Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones.
In a demanding career that has spanned more than three decades since he joined the Navy in 1983, he qualified as a Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Officer in 1993 and then as a Principal Warfare Officer, serving both at sea in demanding operational roles and in staff appointments ashore.
In 2006, Lt Cdr Stockton was appointed to foreign loan service in command of a diving unit in the Middle East, where was responsible for training 65 foreign military divers, including police service divers.
Accompanied by his wife Marie and their two daughters, Gabrielle and Amy, now studying back in Scotland, the family enjoyed the experience of living in the Middle East. Lt Cdr Stockton said: “This award comes as a complete surprise and I am very honoured and humbled to be recognised for what is basically ‘doing my job’, which I have strived to do my best in for the past 32 years.”