A Royal Navy officer from Shropshire has been recognised for his contribution as an engineer to the operational success of his warship.
Lieutenant Commander Jamie Walker, 39, is due to receive a Fleet Commanders Commendation on Friday (25th May) as recognition for his contribution as the Marine Engineer Officer to HMS St Albans.
Jamie, of Shrewsbury, is married to Jessica and has two children Orin, 8, and Aurora, 5. He said: “I have been truly delighted to be recognised for my work during this very busy operational deployment in HMS St Albans.
“I was lucky to be surrounded by a team of highly motivated and professional servicemen and women who helped achieve the significant success which we enjoyed. I have no doubt we made a difference to the region and represented the UK’s strategic interests in both the region and amongst our allies.”
He made his mark as the head of the department over two years where the ship completed a nine-month operational tour, followed by six months as the duty patrol ship and he finally looked after her docking prior to leaving his role.
The Type 23 frigate and ship’s company had an extremely busy period ending her nine-month deployment in the Gulf to then go into an anti-submarine patrol and rapid response duty frigate role in European and UK waters after intensive preparations for the change in tasking.
Jamie was therefore, required to oversee a rapid regeneration of St Albans and then maintained the ship for the duty period, including the high-profile shadowing of the Russian Navy’s Kuznetsov task group earlier in 2016.
Currently Jamie works for Flag Officer Sea Training as a Marine Engineer Officer, responsible for delivering world class training to ships and personnel of navies worldwide.
He joined the Navy in 2001 and spent two years in the east of Cyprus acting as the second in command of Head Quarters Squadron, Joint Services Signals Unit (Cyprus). The unit acted in direct support to operations around the world and provided a pivotal role in the UK strategic defence. He has also served for seven months in Bahrain as an engineer to UKMC
Schools he attended were Grange School Shrewsbury, now an academy from 1989-1994 and Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology 1994-1997.