To many of our Ship's Company Leading Chef Coleman is often best seen out on the water at Llandegfedd Reservoir teaching sailing in shorts and flip flops.
However today was a little bit special! During one of his very first deployments on H.M.S Daring Chef Coleman as he was then became eligible for the General Service Medal - with Gulf of Aden Clasp, which today he has received!
"Sailors who served on HMS Daring as she defied a ‘missile threat’ during a 2016 deployment are to be awarded a new medal clasp"
The Gulf of Aden Clasp is in recognition of those who protected merchant shipping in the Bab al-Mandeb strait. The deployment involved escorting each merchant shipping transit of the strait at ‘the highest degree of readiness. HMS Daring was threatened both by land-based missiles and explosive boats operated by the Houthi insurgency.
Leading Chef Coleman has been a Civilian Instructor at Torfaen Sea Cadets since 2010. He has previously held the role of Boats Officer before joining the Royal Navy. He is a qualified RYA Powerboat Instructor and Dinghy Instructor and can be found on the water in one way or another during his leave.
Commanding Officer CPO (SCC) A. Rolph said "we are all extremely proud of all that Leading Chef Coleman has achieved throughout his service in the Royal Navy and look forward to hearing from him when he's deployed. He is a fantastic role model for the cadets and carries forward the highest traditions of the Naval Service. Congratulations and thank you for your continued support."