On 27 November, the Military Medal for the Naval Cross 1st Class was bestowed upon Engineer António Sérgio Marcos Lopes and Engineer Manuel Matos Luís, respectively Portugal-based EID’s Managing Director and Director of Business Unit for Naval Communications. The distinction was awarded by His Excellency the Chief of Staff of the Portuguese Navy, Admiral Silva Ribeiro.
Engineer António Sérgio Marcos Lopes served with the Portuguese Navy between 1978 and 1981, and subsequently drafted successful projects in which he participated in his 35 years of professional activity at EID. These include the development of Integrated Communications Control Systems (ICCS), now installed on all Portuguese naval units, as well as the leadership of the engineering in conquering new markets in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and Oceania. These achievements, Admiral Ribeiro pointed out, laid the foundation for the recent agreement between Belgium, the Netherlands and Portugal for the supply of ICCS to these countries.
Engineer Manuel Matos Luís was also commended for his contributions as part of EID on the numerous projects he led in the communications systems for ships, both for the Portuguese and other navies. Admiral Ribeiro highlighted, Engineer Luís’ permanent desire “to do well, always seeking to find the most appropriate solutions. The credibility of the action of Eng. Matos Luís, as well as his promptness and total availability to respond in time to the innumerable requests of the Navy, has contributed to the excellent institutional relations between the Navy and EID, which have lasted for more than 35 years.”
These distinctions represent a landmark, as they are unprecedented, and point to the recognition of the services EID has been providing to the Portuguese Navy over the years.