Royal Marine Ashley is presented with a prestigious Royal Navy medal

A Royal Marines Warrant Officer has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the Royal Navy with a prestigious Meritorious Service Medal.

WO2 Ashley Williams, 39 of Rainworth has served in the Senior Service for 23 years – and is in his final job as the Warrant Officer Bandmaster and Coordinator to the Principal Director of Music Royal Marines based at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth.

The father of two was awarded one of just 52 Meritorious Service Medals presented each year by the Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock on board Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory.