A lieutenant commander from Ingoldsby has received awards for his carrying out integral duties in the Royal Navy.
Lieutenant Commander James Blackmore, 37, received the Navigational Watch Certificate and a Bridge Warfare Qualification after completing bridge watch-keeping duties aboard HMS Daring while operationally deployed in the Gulf. He also completed a subsequent assessment at the Maritime Warfare School based on HMS Collingwood in Fareham.
Lt Cmdr Blackmore said gaining such qualifications is “vital” to Navy personel, adding: “This is crucial to the generation and maintenance of safe aviation in the ever challenging and unique maritime environment.”
Lt Cmdr Blackmore, originally from Shropshire, joined the Royal Navy in 1996, after graduating from the University of Bristol with a double 1st honours degree in geophysics and geology.
During his career he has served on four Harrier squadrons. It was while stationed with 1 (F) Squadron as officer commanding ‘A’ flight flying the Harrier GR9 that he twice deployed to Afghanistan. Here, he flew 50 day and night combat missions in support of UK and coalition troops earning him the Afghanistan operational medal.
Lt Comdr Blackmore has also obtained a Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has now been seconded to the US Navy in California where hewill fly the F18 Super Hornet with a frontline squadron.
In his free time he enjoys skiing, squash, running and mountaineering.