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Medals for HMS Nottingham crew
HMS Nottingham
The ship had to be ferried back to England

Six members of the crew of HMS Nottingham are getting medals for their part in saving the destroyer.

The Portsmouth-based ship ran aground on rocks near Australia last summer.

The Wolf Rocks, off Lord Howe Island, tore a jagged hole along the warship's hull.

The vessel would have sunk if not for the gallantry of her crew, who worked below decks to save her.

Chief Petty Officer Robert Hunter led 30 sailors in a six-hour effort to stem flooding in one of seven damaged compartments.

He receives the Queen's Gallantry Medal, along with three other sailors and Chief Petty Officer Chris Mullen, who spent 20 hours diving into the flooded section to plug the hole.

Lieutenant Commander Ian Grove gets the MBE.

An inquiry is currently examining why the warship ran aground.

HMS Nottingham is undergoing a multi-million pound repair programme.

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