OA Sword 2023

On the 16th June, the OA Sword was presented at Ceremonial Divisions at HMS COLLINGWOOD, this year by the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin KCB ADC, accompanied by his French counterpart, General Thierry Burkhard, Chef d’État-Major des Armées. The event was shortened due to the hot weather, with only the Guard and Band marching past. We were treated to an impressive arms display by the Guard, as well as three rifle volleys.

The OA Sword had previously belonged to Lt Cdr John Stafferton, a career Weapon Engineer Officer who joined the Navy in 1963 and was a long term supporter of the OA. A huge thank you to his widow, Mrs Joyce Stafferton, who very kindly donated the sword.

The Sword was awarded to Lt Will Hope, for outstanding leadership as lead instructor on the Weapon Engineering (WE) System Engineering and Management Course (SEMC). Many congratulations to Lt Hope for this award and we wish him well in his future career.