Petty Officer Matthew Connick MBE

Among those singled out on the Operational Honours and King’s 2024 Birthday Honours lists is a sailor who has reduced the risk of the entire submarine fleet from being detected by the enemy.

Petty Officer Matthew Connick is made an MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours for demonstrating “innovation and vision” by developing and coding communications software – entirely in his own time – that reduces the time Royal Navy submarines spend at periscope depth.

Submarines are stealthy, operating in deep water and by his innovation he has reduced the amount of time the submarine remains at Periscope Depth and therefore reduced the risk of counter detection.

In the words of his citation: “The implications of his efforts are far reaching and have considerable benefits on the effectiveness of the Submarine Flotilla – most notably for nuclear powered attack submarines operating in high-threat environments.”

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Achievement or service in and to the community which is outstanding in its field and has delivered sustained and real impact which stands out as an example to others.