Lt Tony Jackson MBE

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  • Date: Wednesday 10th February 2010
Lt Tony Jackson MBE

Lieutenant Tony Jackson, the Key Customer for Service Provision in Britannia Royal Naval College has been awarded the Member of the British Empire in the New Years Honours List published at the beginning of January.

The prestigious award was made in recognition of Tony’s commitment and professionalism far in excess of that normally expected, during his former appointment in HMS Drake where he oversaw the four-year-long Armada Project, the multi-million pound single living accommodation upgrade.


Tony commented on the award saying, “This is the most amazing privilege as I believe I was simply doing my job to the best of my ability. It must not be forgotten that I was one of a team of people involved with the Armada Project and everyone had to work hard together to get the aims achieved. It required a lot of negotiation and planning plus patience from everyone affected by the general upheaval and building works. It was an incredibly busy job but it was great to see it through from start to finish, in total four years”


During his time serving in HMS Drake Tony performed a secondary duty that he regards as one of his greatest challenges in the RN, that of Funerals Officer. His personal skills for this most sensitive of jobs were mentioned in the MBE citation. When asked about his work in this area Tony simply said what ever I did I did for the bereaved families, all of whom made a real impact on me. Their dignity in their grief was truly humbling.”


Anthony Jackson joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16, straight from Bushey Meads Schools, Bushey having gained a certificate of secondary education, grade 3 in Home Economics. “I really wanted to be a chef but they were only recruiting Catering Accountants when I started in 1978 so that’s what I became” Tony explained.


Throughout his career he served in ships and establishments steadily progressing through the ranks till he achieved the highest level of Warrant Officer in 2000. He was then selected for commissioned officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College where he completed officer training, passing out as a Sub Lieutenant one day before his 40th birthday in December 2001


A very keen sportsman Tony’s original sporting passion was for squash where he was regularly selected to represent at command level in the RN. However, in 2001 whilst serving for a short time in California he learnt to dive and caught ‘the scuba diving bug’ “Although I learnt to dive in California I prefer diving in and around the UK as it is far more adventurous and really concentrates your skills level. I have been so lucky and determined too that I’ve had the opportunity to advance my skills to a point I can give something back to the sport” he said. This enthusiasm has involved Tony with both service and civilian scuba diving clubs where his assistance and sound advice is always welcomed.


“I am obviously delighted to have been both initially nominated for and then awarded the MBE, it is a huge privilege”, said Tony. “I joined the RN straight from school with minimal qualifications. The RN has given me so many opportunities during my service and I have not been afraid to take them.”


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