Navy girl is protecting the nation

Wtr Stacey Monaghan, of Doncaster receives the Royal Navy Writer's Association award.
Wtr Stacey Monaghan, of Doncaster receives the Royal Navy Writer's Association award.

A ROYAL Navy recruit from Doncaster is playing a major role in ensuring the nation’s security during the Olympic Games.

Stacey Monaghan, 22, was thrilled to make her Olympic debut on aircraft carrier HMS Ocean - the biggest ship in the Royal Navy fleet which is serving as a logistics hub for London 2012 security.

She joined 150 other crew members to take part in an eye-catching Games tribute, replicating the Olympic rings symbol.

Proud mum Lynda, of Bessacarr, said: “She’s been so pleased to be able to be there for the Olympics. She really enjoyed being part of the rings and she loves being in the Navy.

“She’s always wanted to join the military and she’s doing really well.”

It’s a double celebration for the former Hall Cross School pupil as she also recently scooped the Royal Navy Writers’ Association award prize for her succes at a specialist training at the Defence Maritime Logistics School.

She said: “This is fantastic recognition of the hard work and dedication I applied to an enjoyable yet challenging course. I am most grateful and extremely proud.”

Stacey’s five-month course taught her skills in personnel administration, including the maintenance of correspondence and personnel records, which means she qualifies in the administrative position of Writer.

A citation of Stacey’s award read: “Her dedication to Writer’s training was huge and she was often found to be consolidating what she had learnt at every opportunity.”

Lynda, 54, who works for Doncaster Chamber, attended a special presentation ceremony for Stacey’s award along with Stacey’s dad Kevin, 47.

Stacey is expected to be posted to HMS Northumberland next year and could be later deployed abroad.