CHALLENGE COIN: is a small coin or medallion, bearing an organisation's insignia or emblem and carried by the organisation's members. Traditionally, they might be given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. They are also collected by military & service members and law enforcement personnel.
Modern challenge coins are made in a variety of sizes and are often made using popular culture references. Historically, challenge coins were presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. They are also exchanged in recognition of visits to an organisation.
HMS VERNON - HISTORY Formerly the home to a range of specialist underwater warfare organisations, HMS VERNON provided a significant contribution to the defence of the nation for several centuries through the many skilled personnel who worked, trained and were based within her walls.
The two tonne, one-and-a-quarter life-size Vernon Monument stands in 1.2 metres of water in Pool B at Gunwharf Quays where it will be seen by a footfall of 8 million per year. The Monument commemorates the mine warfare & diving heritage of HMS VERNON and celebrates all those involved in mine warfare, be it mine design, mining, minesweeping and mine hunting, as well as service diving and naval bomb & mine disposal - past, present and future. It also acts as a fitting memorial to those who have died while engaged in such activities and is a monument to all who served in the establishment and its attached units.