One of our own wins a Millie!

14 February 2020 / Categories: DA News and Events

ACSC student, Lt Cdr Tracy MacSephney (C5 Syndicate) has won The Sun's Military Award (Millie) in the category of Best Reservist.

The Sun announced the Military Awards 2020 (Millies) (www) recognising outstanding individuals, units and organisations from the Armed Forces and the communities and institutions which support them.

This is the 12th year The Sun has held Military Awards to recognise outstanding individual, units and organisations from the Armed Forces and the communities and institutions which support them.

 

Excerpt from the nomination printed in The Sun.

Mapping path to safety in flashpoint Hormuz Strait

Lieutenant Commander Tracy MacSephney, Marine Component Command, Royal Navy

After a British-flagged ship was seized by Iranian forces in the Gulf, Lt Cdr ­MacSephney was sent to Bahrain where the UK runs an intelligence cell ­monitoring shipping in the hostile Strait of Hormuz.

The eyes of the world were on the developing crisis, with the threat of war between the West and Iran.

But shipping still had to pass through the maritime choke point right under the noses of the Iranians, who had vowed to seize more British ships.

Maritime Trade Operations specialist Tracy, from Southampton, who joined the Reserve in 2004 after five years in the Royal Navy, was plunged into the heart of the crisis.

Her job was to find a way to map every British ship in the waterway and link it with a British warship that could guarantee its safety. The day before Tracy arrived in Bahrain, the British ship Stena Impero had been seized by Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

The 44-year-old says: 

“It was such a volatile situation. One minute you'd be mapping a British ship then it would change hands and be flying under a different flag. My job was to analyse and interpret what was going on and work out which ships needed group transit. We had to work fast but with accuracy, but we got a system in place which ensured safe passage for British interests."

The first expert in her field on the ground, Tracy was on deployment for seven weeks, often working 16-hour days.

Senior commanders say she “transformed" the way the UK Armed Forces protect merchant shipping in the Gulf.

Commodore Dean Bassett, UK Maritime Commander in the Middle East, says: 

“Without Tracy being here I would not have had the information needed to position my ships according to the threat."

 

Upon receiving her award on Thursday night, Lt Cdr Tracy MacSephney stated:

"I'm honoured to have been singled out but it was definitely a team effort with thanks to the Reserves, MTO and UKMCC."

Further information regarding the awards is available on defnet: Service personnel celebrate on red carpet at The Sun Military Awards

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