OA Sword 2022
At the end of July, the OA Sword was presented Ceremonial Divisions at HMS COLLINGWOOD, this year by the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Ben Key KCB CBE ADC. It was comforting to see the parade ground relatively full again after the changes forced by the pandemic. We were treated to an impressive marching display by the Guard, as well as three rifle volleys.
The OA Sword had previously belonged to Cdr Jack Shirley, who joined the Navy as a Boy, was a Leading Telegraphist at the outbreak of war and was rapidly drawn into the new technology area of Radar, being commissioned as a Sub Lt RNVR Radar Officer in August 1940. He retired from the Navy as a Commander in 1971. A huge thank you to his daughter, Mrs Pamela Nason, who very kindly donated the sword.
The Sword was awarded to Lt Ross Lyth, for outstanding leadership within Victory Squadron, which takes new entry ratings after their initial training at HMS RALEIGH and prepares them for the Fleet. Many congratulations to Lt Lyth for this award and we wish him well in his future career.
Full details of the Sword's previous owner and a copy of the citation for Lt Lyth can be found on the 2022 Sword page