A Hampshire-based Royal Navy Commander has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List for his work preparing the nation’s submarines for operation.

Commander Mark Honnoraty, 52, has been appointed an OBE for his work at HMNB Faslane, where he ensured that submarines and their crew were properly prepared and trained to meet the demands of operations.

His citation states that he was "instrumental in delivering operational success for the Royal Navy and in maintaining firm foundations for the participation of the United Kingdom in the maintenance of global security".

On hearing that he had been acknowledged, Cdr Honnoraty said: “I’m very proud to be awarded the OBE, my success could not have been achieved without the support, professionalism and dedication of all the service colleagues and coalition partners that I have had the honour to serve with.”

Cdr Honnoraty attended The Wavell School, in Lynchford Road, Farnborough, before joining the Royal Navy as a 16-year-old in 1978.

He now lives in Waltham Chase and has two children, Samuel and Emily, with his wife Dawn.

A keen cyclist, Cdr Honnoraty also spends his spare time on his narrow boat in Cheshire.

He said: “My best draft in the Royal Navy was when I became the Commanding Officer of HMS Vigilant. It was the fulfilment of my ambition.”