Naval officer on dry land

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A ROYAL Navy officer from South Yorkshire is busy serving his country - on dry land.

Petty Officer Michael ‘Moz’ Morris, from Goldthorpe, is serving with 846 Naval Air Squadron, Commando Helicopter Force at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

The 32-year-old attended Dearne High School in Goldthorpe and joined the Royal Navy in 1997 to explore the world.

He said: “That is exactly what I have done, having been to many countries.”

In Afghanistan, PO Morris is an avionics trade supervisor on the Sea King helicopter.

He is also in charge of ammunition for the aircraft.

He said: “I am expected to provide extensive knowledge of the avionics systems on the aircraft and manage their repair and maintenance. When a problem arises, I am required to make the fault diagnosis as rapidly as possible to get the aircraft back to a fully serviceable state.”

The dad-of-three, married to Kate, added: “Sometimes the aircraft behave themselves and keep working, and at other times everything goes wrong at once and everyone works incredibly hard to get them back on track again!”