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Royal Navy Medal For Long Service & Good Conduct

The Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal was instituted in August 1831. Any ‘other rank’ who had completed 15 years of eligible service from the date of attestation or age 17½, whichever is later, and who holds all three good conduct badges, shall be eligible to receive the medal.
Since March 1981, officers have become eligible for the award of the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Royal Navy) if 12 or more of the 15 years of his or her service have been in the ranks and provided that the other requirements for the award of the medal have been met.
Before December 1977, 18 years of service was required for consideration for the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
However, there are a number of offences which would normally preclude the award of the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal - leading to the medal having the nickname ‘…the didn’t get caught medal’.
Awards are only made after a thorough check of a sailor’s record of service.
The medal is circular, 34mm in diameter, (36mm in diameter from 1848 onwards) and is struck in silver. The original obverse of this medal contained an anchor surmounted by a crown and was enclosed in an oak wreath.
The obverse issued from 1848 onwards bears the effigy of the reigning monarch.
The reverse depicts the image of a three-masted man-of-war surrounded by a rope tied at the foot with a reef knot with the inscription; ‘FOR LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT’.
The ribbon suspender for the original medal was a metal ring. From 1848 onwards a 38mm wide straight ribbon suspender was used. In 1874 the more standard straight swiveling ribbon suspender was adopted.
From 1848 onwards the recipient's details can be found on the medal's rim in engraved lettering. From 1874, impressed naming was introduced.
Original Issue
Post 1848 Issue
The ribbon is 32mm wide and blue in colour.
Ribbon bar image refer to adjacent text
The ribbon is 32mm wide and blue in colour with a white stripe along either edge.
A clasp to the medal was introduced during the reign of King George V and can be awarded for an additional fifteen years’ service. The clasp bears a laurel leaf design.
An officer shall be eligible for the award of the clasp if 22 or more of the 30 years of his or her service have been in the ranks and provided that the other requirements have again been met.
When the ribbon alone is worn on a uniform a silver rosette denotes the award of the clasp.
Further relevant historical context can be found at the foot of this entry.
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R.N. LSGC Medal Edward VII issue from
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Further Historical Context
This section contains information on the following:-
- The History Of The Royal Navy.
- The Collective British Armed Forces.
The History Of The Royal Navy - The Royal Navy (RN) is the principal naval warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Tracing its origins to the 16th century, it is the oldest service branch and is known as the Senior Service. From the end of the 17th century until well into the 20th century it was the most powerful navy in the world, playing a key part in establishing the British Empire as the dominant world power.
Due to this historical prominence, it is common - even among non-Britons - to refer to it as 'The Royal Navy' without qualification.
Following victory in the First World War, the Royal Navy was significantly reduced in size, although at the onset of the Second World War it was still the largest in the world. By the end of the Second World War the United States Navy had emerged as the world's largest.
During the course of the Cold War, the Royal Navy transformed into a primarily anti-submarine force, hunting for Soviet submarines, mostly active in the GIUK gap. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union its focus has returned to global expeditionary operations around the world.
The navy maintains a fleet of technologically sophisticated ships including an aircraft carrier (though without fixed-wing aircraft until c.2020), an amphibious assault ship, two amphibious transport docks, four ballistic missile submarines (which maintain the UK's nuclear deterrent), seven nuclear fleet submarines, six guided missile destroyers, 13 frigates, 15 mine-countermeasure vessels and 24 patrol vessels.
As of June 2014, there are 79 commissioned ships in the Royal Navy, plus 13 commissioned ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). There are also 6 Merchant Navy ships available to the RFA under a private finance initiative.
The RFA replenishes Royal Navy warships at sea, and augments the Royal Navy's amphibious warfare capabilities through its three Bay-class landing ship vessels. The total displacement of the Royal Navy is approximately 362,000 tonnes (797,000 tonnes including the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Royal Marines).
The Royal Navy is part of the Naval Service, which also comprises the Royal Marines. The professional head of the Naval Service is the First Sea Lord, an admiral and member of the Defence Council of the United Kingdom.
The Defence Council delegates management of the Naval Service to the Admiralty Board, chaired by the Secretary of State for Defence. The Royal Navy currently operates three bases in the United Kingdom where commissioned ships are based; Portsmouth, Clyde and Devonport, Plymouth, the last being the largest operational naval base in Western Europe.
This information was taken from ‘Wikipedia’. The original article and details of the authors can be found here. It is reproduced on this web-site under the ‘creative commons’ licence which can be found here.
The Collective British Armed Forces - Her Majesty's Armed Forces, commonly known as the British Armed Forces, and occasionally the Armed Forces of the Crown, are the armed forces of the United Kingdom.
The Armed Forces consists of three professional uniformed services: the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, forming the Naval Service, the British Army and the Royal Air Force.
The Commander-in-Chief of Her Majesty's Armed Forces is the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, to whom members of the forces swear allegiance. Under British constitutional law, the armed forces are subordinate to the Crown, however this power is qualified by the requirement for parliamentary consent to the maintaining of a standing army and Parliament's approval of taxation and supply of funds for the armed forces.
Under the 1689 Bill of Rights no standing army may be maintained during time of peace without the consent of Parliament and in modern times Parliament gives this consent every five years by passing an Armed Forces Act.
Consistent with longstanding constitutional convention, the Prime Minister holds de facto authority over the use of the armed forces. The armed forces are managed by the Defence Council of the Ministry of Defence, headed by the Secretary of State for Defence.
The British Armed Forces are charged with protecting the United Kingdom, its overseas territories and Crown Dependencies, as well as promoting Britain's wider security interests, and supporting international peacekeeping efforts.
They are active and regular participants in NATO and other coalition operations. Britain is also party to the Five Power Defence Arrangements. Recent operations have included wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 2000 intervention in Sierra Leone, peacekeeping responsibilities in the Balkans and Cyprus, and participation in the UN-mandated no-fly zone over Libya. Overseas garrisons and facilities are maintained at Ascension Island, Belize, Brunei, Canada, Diego Garcia, the Falkland Islands, Germany, Gibraltar, Kenya, Qatar and the Sovereign Base Areas (Cyprus).
The United Kingdom tested its first nuclear weapon under Operation Hurricane in 1952, becoming the third nation in the world to achieve the status of a nuclear power. As of 2014, Britain remains one of five recognised nuclear powers, with a total of 225 nuclear warheads. Of those, no more than 160 are deployed and active. Its nuclear deterrence system is based on Trident missiles on-board nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.
This information was taken from ‘Wikipedia’. The original article and details of the authors can be found here. It is reproduced on this web-site under the ‘creative commons’ licence which can be found here.