‘Outstanding’
work on new giant carrier

Fleet Commander's Commendation ceremony at HMNB Portsmouth.
Pictured: Vice Admiral Ben Key CBE presenting the Fleet Commander's Commendation to Chief Petty Officer J Early

Fleet Commander's Commendation ceremony at HMNB Portsmouth. Pictured: Vice Admiral Ben Key CBE presenting the Fleet Commander's Commendation to Chief Petty Officer J Early

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A Boston man has been honoured for his outstanding efforts on board the new giant aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Chief Petty Officer Jay Early, 35, is the first botswain, or senior crewman of the deck, to ever be on a Queen Elizabeth class carrier.

CPO Early’s achievements have been awarded a commendation from the Navy’s Fleet Commander-Vice Admiral Ben Key.

Fleet Commander commendations are awarded to sailors, marines and civilians working across the Service who have been nominated for exceptional performance in their unit.

The former Haven High pupil said:“ It is an absolute honour to be recognised for the hard work and commitment that has been put in over the last 31 months since joining the HMS Queen Elizabeth.”

CPO Early, who has been in the Navy since joining in October 2000, has a diverse role on board.

His job description says that he manages the inaugural Seamanship Department and the coxswain of the various boats on board and provides tactical communication to the chain command.

He is also responsible for the ship’s life saving equipment, replenishment at sea, berthing, mooring and anchoring.

He said: “I am doing something now that is normally out of my trade remit, which has been a real learning curve for me. This is a huge project and I feel privileged to be involved at this stage.”

Jay is married to Amy and they have two children.

His parents, Stuart and Joan, still live in Boston.

Jay enjoys playing snooker and rugby union in his spare time, and he has represented the ship’s teams on numerous occasions.

He has also taken part in the Royal Navy Field Gun Competition on five occasions.