Carnoustie man receives New Year honour

A WARRANT officer in the Royal Navy who is originally from Carnoustie has been awarded a medal in the 2011 New Year Honours list.

Warrant Officer Colin Ferguson (45), who is the senior maintenance rating on 820 Naval Air Squadron, will receive a Meritorious Service Medal after being recognised as an outstanding leader who inspires the men and women in his unit to achieve “exemplary support to naval operations.”

Warrant Officer Ferguson joined the Royal Navy in 1982 and after his basic naval training at HMS Raleigh, Torpoint, he specialised in air engineering at HMS Daedalus near Portsmouth.

He then joined the 819 naval air squadron at Prestwick in Scotland.

From Scotland he became a “Culdrose Man” and served in the Culdrose-based Squadrons 826 (Falklands), 849 (HQ A and B flights), 706, 810 and 820 Squadrons.

Warrant Officer Ferguson will now join 824 Squadron this month.

Most recently he has served with 820 Squadron in the Middle East and it was his skills in keeping the aircraft available for operations in difficult conditions that earned him a commendation from the Air Officer Commanding all UK aviation assets in the area.

As a Naval Air Squadron it was vital the 820 Squadron kept up to date with their maritime expertise and it was Warrant Officer Ferguson who was again leading the way.

He was forefront of engineering operations in HMS Ark Royal and HMS Ocean during 2010 and as a mark of the high esteem in which he is held by his Squadron that he has been honoured with the Meritorious Service Medal.

He is originally from Carnoustie but now lives in Helston with his wife, Heather, and their five children.

When he is not supervising engineering on Naval helicopters, ‘Col’, as he is known by his colleagues, enjoys fishing and clay pigeon shooting and he has represented the Navy in both sports.