Photo courtesy of Craig Keating, Crown Copyright 

Caption for photograph: Sub Lieutenant Edward Timpson is presented with the Officers’ Association Sword by guest of honour Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, First Sea Lord, Chief of the Naval Staff. 


Sub Lieutenant (SLt) Edward Timpson was recently awarded the Officers’ Association Sword by Britannia Royal Naval College as he begins his deployment at HMS Collingwood, near Fareham in Hampshire.

The award of the “Officers’ Association Sword” from Britannia Royal Naval College is presented annually to the Officer Cadet who has demonstrated the strongest adherence to the Naval Service values and ethos during Initial Officer Training.

Edward, originally from Sandwich in Kent, joined the Royal Navy in 2009 and is currently based at HMS Collingwood as a Weapons Engineering Officer. He has previously served aboard HMS Turbulent, conducting anti-piracy and counter narcotic operations in the Arabian Gulf and was also involved in operations off the coast of Libya during the conflict in 2011.

Furthermore, as part of the Royal Navy Presentation Team Edward has worked hard visiting schools to inform the general public of what the Royal Navy does for them. He cites his best deployment as service on a submarine east of the Suez Canal as it allowed him to put all the training he’d received into practice in a job that he acknowledges very few people get to do. Thanks to his job with the Royal Navy, Edward has also visited India, Bahrain, UAE, Portugal and Greece.

In his spare time, the ex-Sir Roger Manwoods School pupil enjoys hockey, rugby and cricket and spending time with his fiancée Natasha Hopper. Speaking of his award and acknowledging the support of Natasha and his parents, Russel and Ursula, he said, “Being recommended for this award is a great honour. The Royal Navy has given me an opportunity to develop an interest in Engineering and achieve an Electrical Engineering degree after leaving school with just GCSEs. I can attribute my success to the support and guidance of my family and fiancée.”

Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at or by calling the Recruitment Line on 08456 07 55 55.


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