Inspirational sailor leads the way

Master-at-Arms Lorraine Perrin is pictured with her award at HMS Collingwood.

Master-at-Arms Lorraine Perrin is pictured with her award at HMS Collingwood. - Credit: Archant

Ilfracombe’s ‘Reggie’ honoured for ‘unflinching loyalty’ to the Royal Navy.

AN Ilfracombe sailor has been awarded the Fleet Commander’s Commendation for her ‘unflinching loyalty’ to the Royal Navy.

Master-at-Arms Lorraine Perrin, 46, known to her friends and colleagues as Reggie, joined the Navy in May 1985. She has sailed the world during her 28-year career, visiting far-flung places such as Antarctica and the Indian Ocean.

The former Ilfracombe School pupil, a leadership instructor at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, received the award in recognition of her service at the Portsmouth Waterfront Manning Office.

Her citation reads “Master-at-Arms Perrin has displayed unflinching loyalty, wholehearted commitment and inspirational drive in supporting ships deployed on operations.

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“She is most deserving of a Fleet Commander’s Commendation.”

MA Perrin, who is also the drum major of the Royal Navy Volunteer Band, has also been awarded long service and good conduct medals, two Queen’s Jubilee Medals and the Former Yugoslavia Medal and Clasp during her long career.

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She said she felt proud and honoured to receive the honour.

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