Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service

The Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service is a state award within the British honours system. The medal is awarded to no more than 20 recipients annually who are announced on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September. A 'Merchant Navy Medal' with the same criteria was awarded by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board from 2005, before being superseded by the state award in 2015.[2]

Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service
Obverse and reverse of the medal
Awarded by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
TypeService medal
EligibilityMembers of the Merchant Navy
Awarded forMeritorious service
StatusCurrently awarded
DescriptionSilver, 36mm in diameter
First awarded2016
Order of Wear
Next (higher)Jersey Honorary Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal[1]
Next (lower)Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa[1]
Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service ribbon

Ribbon bar


The medal may be awarded to those individuals who are serving, or have served, in the Merchant Navy or the fishing fleets of the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. Recipients must have shown particularly valuable devotion to duty and exemplary service so as to serve as an outstanding example to others. Recipients will typically have given 20 years of good conduct and exemplary service, although awards have also be made for brave conduct.[3] Annually, no more than 20 medals are awarded.[4] Recipients are entitled to use the post-nominal letters of MNM.


The medal is 1.4 inches (36 mm) in diameter and struck in silver. The obverse bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty The Queen. The reverse depicts the badge of the Merchant Navy: the letters MN surrounded by a rope joined at the base by a reef knot, a naval crown surmounts the rope, with the inscription 'FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE'.[5] The medal hangs from a ring suspension, with the 1.25 inches (32 mm) wide ribbon made up of equal stripes of green at the edges, white in the centre, with red bordering the white stripe which represent marine navigational lights. The name of the recipient is impressed on the rim of the Medal.[6]

The previous Merchant Navy Medal displayed a portrait of Lord Nelson on the obverse with the Merchant Navy logo on the reverse. As it was not an official state award, it could not be worn in uniform alongside official medals.[7]


  1. ^ a b "No. 62529". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 January 2019. p. 327.
  2. ^ "The Previous Merchant Navy Medal". Merchant Navy Welfare Board. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Life-saving officer honoured for heroic actions". GOV.UK. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service Nominations" (PDF). Department of Transport. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Lapel badge, Merchant Navy". Royal Museums Greenwich. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service Royal Warrant" (PDF). HM Government. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  7. ^ "History of Merchant Navy Medal". Merchant Navy Welfare Board. Retrieved 8 February 2019.

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Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa

The Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa, known simply as the Ebola Medal, is a service medal for issue to the Armed Forces and to civilians, working either for Her Majesty's Government or for non-governmental organisations, in support of the British Government's response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa between March 2014 and March 2016. The medal is the first medal awarded by the UK Government for a humanitarian crisis response.

Jersey Honorary Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

The Jersey Honorary Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal is a decoration for members of the Honorary Police of the Bailiwick of Jersey. First instituted by Royal Warrant on 1 December 2014, the medal is awarded for 12 years service and a bar is awarded for each subsequent period of 9 years service. To qualify for the medal a member must have been:

In service on or after 1 January 2012; and

Have completed the required years of service (12 years for the medal; additional periods of 9 years for a bar to the medal) which may be continuous service or an aggregate and in more than one Parish or more than one office; and

His or Her character and conduct must have been very good.

List of post-nominal letters (United Kingdom)

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Merchant Navy (United Kingdom)

The Merchant Navy is the maritime register of the United Kingdom, and comprises the seagoing commercial interests of UK-registered ships and their crews. Merchant Navy vessels fly the Red Ensign and are regulated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). King George V bestowed the title of "Merchant Navy" on the British merchant shipping fleets following their service in the First World War; a number of other nations have since adopted the title.

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