The Merchant Seafarers’ bravery and sacrifice in assisting HM Armed Forces in military operations has been formally commemorated with the launch of the new UK Merchant Seafarers Veterans' Badge.
The badge is available to all Merchant Navy seafarers and fishermen who served in a vessel at a time when it was operated to facilitate military operations by UK Armed Forces at any time.
The badge cannot be issued posthumously as it is a survivors’ badge, which is to be worn on civilian clothing. The only exception to this is for Widow(er)s in receipt of a War Widow(er)’s Pension paid by Veterans’ Agency. The deceased must have served prior to and including 31 December 1984 (National Insurance Number must now be provided).
Members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary should apply for the HM Armed Forces Veterans' Badge.