The Desmond Wettern Fleet Award

The Desmond Wettern Fleet Award

The Desmond Wettern Fleet Award is presented annually to the HM ship, submarine, Naval Air Squadron or Royal Marine Unit that is judged to have made the best contribution to a positive image of the Royal Navy during the year to 30 September.

The nomination and judging arrangements are handled by RN Media, Communications and Engagement at Portsmouth for the Royal Navy.

The Royal Navy

Protecting our nation's interests

In times of conflict or peace, the Royal Navy is key to the prosperity of Britain and the stability of the high seas

Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd CBE presents Lt Elliott Millward RN on behalf of 45 Commando with the Desmond Wettern Fleet Award 2021 at the Maritime Media Awards 2020 and 2021 as the Maritime Foundation returned to London’s Drapers’ Hall on Friday, 27 May 2022 at a reception and lunch attended by a diverse representation of the maritime community and the past two years of the book, film, digital media, and journalism award winners.

Recent Award Winners

2017 Fleet Diving Squadron
2018 HMS Duncan
2019 40 Commando Royal Marines
2020 HMS Tamar
2021 45 Commando

The award has been presented annually since 1993.

The prize is a cut glass ship’s decanter mounted on a plinth of oak from HMS Victory and bearing a silver plate inscribed ‘Heart of Oak’.

Please note: From 2022, prizes may differ due to changes to the Awards programme.