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A Royal Navy Petty Officer has been presented with a Commandant General Royal Marines’ (CGRM) Commendation for his work whilst part of 42 Commando RM at Bickleigh Barracks near Plymouth.
Petty Officer Andrew 'Tiny' Collins has supported RMA - The Royal Marines Charity for many years, and raised £5,000 for the Charity at 42 Commando Families Day.
Petty Officer Andrew ‘Tiny’ Collins pick up his prestigious award from the Commander of Surface Flotilla, Commodore Craig Wood in Devonport, where Tiny is serving aboard the Type 23 frigate HMS Portland.
A CGRM’s commendation is not often given to non-Royal Marines and PO Collins’ extraordinary dedication to his role in the Unit, as well as his notable efforts in supporting and running additional activities to the benefit of the personnel in 42 Cdo, have been well commended.
Over the course of his time at Bickleigh Barracks there are many examples of his proactivity; including identifying merchandising opportunities with the Unit’s sporting teams, as well as with both the Inter-services Triathlon & RM Boxing teams and even supporting a local cricket team.
As part of his citation with the commendation, Major General Matt Holmes CBE DSO CGRM said,
“In a very short space of time, Petty Officer Collins has made an extortionary impact to the Unit and has delivered above and beyond his own sphere of activity. With a gregarious nature, he ably communicates with unit members and outside agencies to achieve outcomes that continue to surprise and impress.
Generous with his time, Petty Officer Collins serves the Unit and the local community impeccably. He is a great ambassador for the Royal Navy and for 42 Cdo RM and thoroughly deserves formal recognition.”