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Captain Richard Ingram named in New Year's Honours list

Old Oswestrian, Captain Richard Ingram, a Royal Navy officer from Salisbury, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List in recognition of his work with the Royal Omani Navy.

Richard served in Oman for nearly six years and has been described as “a pivotal figure, significantly influencing the Omani Navy and forging links that have enhanced the United Kingdoms reputation in the region".

The 54-year-old, has only recently returned from Oman and is preparing to leave the Royal Navy in February after a 36 year career in the Senior Service.

On hearing of his appointment, he said: “I’m truly honoured with this award of the OBE which came as a complete surprise.

“My time in Oman saw delivery of the impressive British BAE built Khareef Class Corvettes to the Omani Navy, and extensive growth in operational capability, manpower and training systems.

“It was an immense, unique privilege to work so closely with the wonderful Omani people and I am hugely proud to have led the Royal Navy team throughout an extended and exciting period of development for the Royal Navy of Oman.”

Capt Ingram, who grew up in Shropshire, joined the Royal Navy in 1979 and went on to serve around the world including the Falklands Conflict, Iraq and Bosnia.

A keen swimmer and hill walker, he moved to Salisbury in 1988. His wife Sally has worked at Salisbury Fire Station for more than 20 years.

Speaking about his 36-year career in the Navy he said: “In 2003 I was a Commander and Captain of HMS Manchester and we deployed extensively on NATO operations and to the Caribbean where we successfully stopped drug runners, with one haul being worth over £20 million.

“My time in Oman, however, was a highly valuable and rewarding appointment, especially as I worked closely with many wonderful Omani people and lived in their fabulous country.”

Capt Ingram will receive his award at a ceremony later in the year

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