MBE for work­ing with mine­hunters

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Year Honours -

A Royal Navy engi­neer who played a piv­otal role in keep­ing mine­hunters avail­able for front­line ser­vice has be­come an MBE.

War­rant Of­fi­cer Paul Hutchin­son, pic­tured, has been awarded for his work, mainly in the Gulf, over the last three years.

The 54-year-old from Wit­ter­sham worked on three Hunt-class mine­hunters – HMS Hur­worth, HMS Quorn and HMS Ather­stone – us­ing his engineering skills to keep them in top con­di­tion.

WO Hutchin­son said the award came as a huge but pleas­ant sur­prise.

“I con­sider that I am re­ceiv­ing the hon­our on be­half of all the mine­hunters and crew I have served with in the Gulf over the last three years,” he said.

He has lived in Wit­ter­sham for four years.

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