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WO Mark Plummer in front of Lynx Mk 8
Typhoon Haiyan Lynx Mk 8
Typhoon Haiyan Lynx Mk 8
Typhoon Haiyan Lynx Mk 8


Published: 17 Jun 2015

IMMENSE dedication has seen a Warrant Officer from Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton honoured with an MBE, a Member of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of theBritish Empire.


Warrant Officer 1st Class (WO1) Mark Plummer (42) receives the MBE on Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his first rate support underpinned by solid preparation to 815 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) deployed Lynx Force.


WO Plummer said;


“I am completely overwhelmed, honoured and privileged to receive this prestigious honour I hope I can live up to the appointment. I would like to recognise the whole team on 815, their unstinting support and hard work to all deployed flights.


All deployments are different and therefore bring different challenges. Our framework of training within the Fleet Air Arm enables us to plan to meet the needs of each deployment from putting and aircraft on the back of the French Frigate Surcouf to supporting Typhoon Haiyan in between standard commitments.”


As the Parenting Senior Maintenance Rating (SMR) WO Plummer was central to the provision of logistic and technical expertise for all 815 Flights at sea. Throughout a most demanding period he demonstrated immense dedication, working relentlessly to uphold the aviation capability of the Royal Navy’s frigate and destroyer fleet. In the face of innumerable manning challenges WO Plummer’s determination and initiative proved invaluable allowing the Squadron to continue to meet its frontline commitments.


Lieutenant Commander (Lt Cdr) Colin Maude was the Air Engineering Officer (AEO) on 815 NAS throughout WO Plummer’s time on 815 and said;


“Mark made an incredible contribution to the Operational successes of the Royal Navy’s Lynx force during his time with 815 Naval Air Squadron. He worked tirelessly to ensure that the unit’s deployed aircraft and its engineers received the technical support wherever and whenever they needed it.


His commitment was epitomised by frequent round-the-clock efforts to boost the Royal Navy’s response to emergencies around the globe. This included his work to equip HMS Daring’s Lynx Flight as they raced to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, and his support to 815’s 214 Flight as they were tasked to protect UN forces extracting Chemical Weapons from war torn Syria.”


The effective actions and consummate professionalism of WO Plummer have directly benefitted ships undertaking a variety of tasks around the world. His selfless dedication has bought significant benefit toUKdefence; recent operational successes directly attributable to his untiring efforts which are in the finest traditions of the Service.


WO Plummer from South Petherton,Somersetsaid;


“I must include a huge thank you to my very supportive family, my wife and two children for their patience with my working pattern, the late nights and lost weekends.”


Lt Cdr Maude added;


“Everyone who has had the pleasure of working with Mark throughout his career to date recognises that his dedication and warm-hearted professionalism is reflected in the award of this prestigious honour.”


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