A NAVAL commander who grew up in South Lakeland has been made a CBE for his service with the Royal Navy in the Middle East.

Rear Admiral William Warrender’s honour came in recognition of his work as UK Maritime Component Commander in Bahrain from 2015 to 2017, a post which saw him play a fundamental role in the operations of a force of 31 nations in a sensitive, strategically important region stretching from the Suez Canal to India.

“He was at the forefront of operational and Coalition development in the region, and has enhanced the UK’s reputation and maintained UK maritime equity among allies and bordering nations alike,” read the honour citation.

Rear Admiral Warrender, who attended Queen Katherine School in Kendal, joined the Navy in 1988, qualifying as a navigator, fighter controller and principal warfare officer in ships ranging from mine hunters to aircraft carriers, and he served around the globe before his posting to Bahrain in 2015.

Rear Admiral Warrender received his medal at a Buckingham Palace ceremony where he was accompanied by his wife Jo and children George, Henry and Lizzy and his parents Bill and Gill who live in Levens.