TWO top Royal Navy officers from landlocked Herefordshire have steered their unit to a prestigious award.

The Portsmouth-based men who disposed of the Royal Yacht Britannia, Disposal and Reserve Ships Officer, Bob Lane and his deputy, Warrant Officer Andy Ashford, both happen to be from Hereford, and have picked up a Defence Logistics Commendation.

The pair head a team of sailors, taking care of up to 20 ships in disposal or reserve. The former HMS' Boxer, Brave, Fearless and Intrepid are currently in their custody.

"I have disposed of 42 ships since joining the unit, including the Royal Yacht Britannia. We provide assistance to many other organisations and individuals, including heritage ships," said Bob, who lived on College Estate. Andy is from Three Elms.

The men helped county sculptor Walenty Pytel obtain materials for a memorial to remember World War Two hero, Colin Grazier, which takes pride of place in Tamworth town centre.