This week the best engineers working at Portsmouth Naval Base have been recognised for their skills and dedication in a new awards scheme.
The Team Portsmouth Engineering Awards have been jointly set up by the Royal Navy, BAE Systems and the Defence, Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation within the Ministry of Defence. The three organisations work together under the Team Portsmouth name with one aim: to support the Royal Navy’s Portsmouth-based fleet.
The awards feature four categories: Safety First, Innovation & Technology, Inspiring Engineering, and Trainee Engineer of the Year.
Commodore Jim Higham, Naval base Commander and Head of Weapon Engineering for the Royal Navy, paid tribute to the 24 winners named at the ceremony, held in the grand Wardroom at Portsmouth Naval Base.
He said: “All the people nominated here tonight have demonstrated through their own talent, innovative thinking and problem-solving abilities just how rewarding it is to have a career in engineering.
“As the Head of Weapon engineering for the Royal Navy I am delighted to be here and listen first-hand to these citations and learn about the dedication and commitment shown by engineers supporting the work of Portsmouth Naval Base to get our ships out on time and on global operations.”
BAE Systems Engineering Director, Dr Graham Farnell, added: “These awards are celebration of just some examples of what our world-class talent working for our three organisations at Portsmouth Naval Base.
“Team Portsmouth represents the collaborative efforts of three key organisations – the Royal Navy, Defence, Equipment and Support and BAE Systems, working at Portsmouth Naval Base. In addition to promoting engineering excellence, our unified goal is to further develop the Team Portsmouth collective effort and get everyone, at every level, achieving outcomes that are greater than the sum of parts.
“It is very fitting that we’ve chosen the Year of Engineering to start what we hope will be an annual scheme to recognise the talent and to celebrate the ideas and improvement that they bring to directly benefit the objectives of the Team Portsmouth enterprise.”
All nominations were judged by a panel of representatives from each organisation, and winners were presented their award at a formal ceremony in HMS Nelson Wardroom, Portsmouth Naval Base.
Special guests included the Institution of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) Chief Operating Officer Paul James; Portsmouth Area Chair for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Jason Crouch; and Chair of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Solent Network Ian MacGillivray.