First Operation Shader Medal Awarded To Royal Navy Officer

Posted on July 24, 2018

Lt Cdr Waudby spent six months in Baghdad in 2016 working at the headquarters of the effort against Daesh in Iraq, the Combined Joint Forces, Land Component Command – one of more than 200 Britons spread across the country, just half a dozen of them Senior Service. At the time, Iraq’s Security Forces were locked in a life-and-death struggle with Daesh across swathes of the country, with Coalition forces such as the UK providing much of the support, planning and training needed to defeat the uprising. Although Baghdad was not in the front line of the fighting with Daesh/so-called Islamic State forces (unlike the city of Fallujah – just 30 miles away from the Iraqi capital), Lt Cdr Waudby was all too aware of the horrors of the conflict and what was at stake for the future of the Iraqi people.

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