Petty Officer Dave Earner has spent 18 years with the Royal Navy

A Royal Navy officer from Braunton has been rewarded for 18 years of service.

Petty Officer (PO) Dave Earner was presented with a Long Service and Good Conduct medal by the Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral Ben Key, during a parade at HMS Raleigh.

The 35-year-old joined the Royal Navy in 1999 and is currently serving at the training base in Cornwall teaching seamanship skills to new members of the branch.

In his 18 years, PO Earner has served on five ships and has also served ashore at Her Majesty’s Naval Base in Portsmouth.

He said: “The highlight of my career so far was when I was working as part of the 1st Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group in the Baltic Sea tasked with clearing mines and historic ordnance.

“During the four month trip, I visited 13 different countries, the best of which was Tromso in Norway where I saw the Northern Lights and went dog sledding 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle.

“I was happy to be presented with my medal by the Fleet Commander.”