A SAILOR from Ilchester was the first winner of a new award presented at the Defence Maritime Logistics School annual awards ceremony held at HMS Raleigh.

Petty officer (PO) Michelle Evans was presented with the Nigel Prouse award.

The award is in memory of warrant officer Nigel Prouse, who died suddenly in December 2012, having served for 31 years.

PO Evans said: “I am lost for words on receiving this award.

"I served with Nigel on board HMS Ocean and it is a huge honour to be accredited in his name.

"I hope he looks proudly down on me.”

PO Evans joined the Royal Navy in 1996, and has previously served on three warships and worked ashore in Portland, Yeovilton and Naples.

She is currently assigned to the Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose as the supervisor in the ship’s office.