OA Sword – 2023

Lieutenant William Hope Royal Navy – Citation

Photo of Admiral Radakin presenting the OA Sword to Lieutenant Will Hope
Admiral Radakin presenting the OA Sword to Lieutenant Will Hope

Lt Hope is already proving to be an outstanding Officer at this early stage in his career. As the Lead Instructor for the Weapon Engineering (WE) System Engineering and Management Course (SEMC) he was responsible for reinvigorating SEMC participation in mess life after the enforced break caused by the pandemic. He demonstrated initiative and leadership in arranging external visits to help supplement the Guided Weapon System theory and in doing so inspiring the next generation of WEOs. He has been instrumental in the development of every WE Officer that has graduated from Britannia Royal Naval College over the last 2 Years. A trusted and dependable leader, he is a fine role model to all the Ph2 Officers in MWS. He leads by example, compelling his own high standards on to those around him and using his judgment to inevitably make the right call when dealing
with issues that he faces from the trainees. Not be underestimated, this is a considerable undertaking for someone in the early stages of their career. The role is very demanding both emotionally and intellectually, he manages a variety of stakeholders and divisional issues that would not normally be expected from an OF2. The fact that Hope excels in this role is due to the quality and maturity of his communication skills, empathy and strength of
character.

Lt Hope showed strong RN ethos and CLM skills by volunteering to be the Guard Commander for the Fareham Falklands conflict 40th anniversary parade. This was a high-profile event with the Mayor of Fareham taking the salute. He is also the sponsor for the prestigious RAdm Bateson Award, ensuring that nominations are submitted in good time and managing the selection board comprising of three OF4’s to deliver a worthy recipient. As part of the Op INSPIRE initiative, and operating at a level expected of a OF3, Hope has taken the lead to provide a modern, up to date feel to the Rubber Road area of Marlborough Building, improving graphics and displays to create an inspiring environment for the next generation of WEs.

A well respected OF2 in his own right, Hope’s contribution to Branch ethos and dedication to the development of Young Officers during his time in MWS has been significant and makes him worthy of this recognition.