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The Navy Long Service Medal - 220 years

Denmark's oldest decoration for long and faithful service can celebrate 220 years.
The Navy Long Service Medal - 220 years

The Navy Long Service Medal.
Photo: The Danish Armed Forces

The Navy Long Service Medal was instituted by King Christian VII on January 29th, 1801, the King's birthday.
The medal is the oldest of the military medals for long and faithful service. It can be awarded to any person - man or woman - employed by the Navy or the Danish naval shipyard, who has been employed for 25 contiguous years, counting from the year the person turns 20 years old.

Similar decorations were instituted for the Army in 1945 and the Air Force in 1953.

It's a tradition that H. M. The Queen every year participates in a formal dinner for the Navy, the Army and the Air Force. The dinner is hosted alternately between the 3 branches of the Danish Armed Forces.

The Navy Long Service Medal has an interesting history - read more about it in this publication from 1943 (in Danish only).

A list of recipients (1801-1950) can be found at The Danish National Archives.