Vincentian Kelroy James Receives Top Royal Navy Award In The UK

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A Royal Navy sailor from Kingstown, St Vincent, has been presented with a top award in recognition of his dedicated service.

Leading Hand Kelroy James was presented with the Chief Naval Logistics Officer Award at the annual Defence Maritime Logistics School (DMLS) award ceremony held at HMS Raleigh, in the UK.

The prize is awarded to a member of the Logistics branch who has made a significant contribution to delivering or promoting high quality training and coaching in the Fleet.

The 42-year-old currently serves as the Assistant Fleet Stores Logistics Co-Ordinator and is responsible for maintaining 24/7 365 global supply chain operational capability for all ships and submarines.

His citation says: “A dedicated service person, he delivers support to a wide range of customers and consistently achieves results.

LSC James regularly goes the extra mile, showing a willingness to mentor peers and subordinates and supports their continuing professional development through instruction seeking to improve their supply chain knowledge.”

Kelroy said:  “I believe that you learn the best by teaching others. The Royal Navy depends on different branches working together as a team, and the logistics branch support and maintains all other functions.

 Thus, helping others understand logistics processes and procedures not only makes the teams operate more effectively, it also makes my job more rewarding.”

Since joining the Royal Navy 10 years ago Kelroy has served at the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, HMS Neptune in Scotland and been part of the Fleet Diving Squadron in Portsmouth.

He has served at sea on HMS Campbeltown and abroad in Bahrain, Belgium and the Falkland Islands.

Kelroy describes winning this award as one of the highlights of his career.  Other high points include working in Belgium and deployments to Latvia, Ukraine, Guam, California, Estonia and Iceland with the Fleet Diving Squadron.

 Kelroy has also represented the Royal Navy at Wimbledon as a Service steward and completed a Logistics and Operations management degree during his career so far.

A total of 36 individuals were recognised at this year’s award ceremony.

11 Comments

  1. Kelroy is the the nephew of Julian and Lloyd Small (twins). He is also the nephew of the late, famous Vincentian comedian Lucian “Saluche” Small. It should also be noted that Kelroy placed first at the local Common Entrance Examinarions when he was an eleven plus student at the Kingstown Preparatory School in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

    • Uncle Lloyd you forgot my FATHER Verrol Small, Uncle Urel Small and Aunty Janice James… Lol … Congrats to my cousin… Keep up the good work

    • Aleayn, Why must you be so negative???? Be happy for a fellow country man. If you knew how hard it is for him and to achieve the award, you would think twice about you criticise. That’s the reason why as black people we are taking 1 step forward and 5 back.

      • I think you missed Alwayn’s point he is not critical of the sailor but at the discriminatory system that has him as Lead-hand when he must be capable of much more if given the opportunity.

      • William, Alwayn is family, okay?
        Congrats Kelly! I hope Dr. Nefta Small-Mitchell sent you flowers, hugs and kisses…..

  2. Aleayn, Why must you be so negative???? Be happy for a fellow country man. If you knew how hard it is for him and to achieve the award, you would think twice about you criticise. That’s the reason why as black people we are taking 1 step forward and 5 back.

  3. Congratulations to you young gentle man you showing others you can excel in life by the sweat of your brow.

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