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Front side of the Navy Medal
|Eligibility||Military personnel only|
|Awarded for||Distinguished peacetime service|
|Next (higher)||Cruz de Guerra (At war)|
|Next (lower)||Crosses of Naval Merit|
Medalla del Ejército
The Navy Medal (Spanish: Medalla Naval) is the highest military award of Spain in peacetime for the navy branch. The regulation for the issue of this medal is modified by the Royal Decree 1040/2003, 1 August (BOD. Núm. 177).
Is made of oxidized iron, oval, 42 millimetres (1.7 in) on its vertical axis and 28 millimetres (1.1 in) on its horizontal axis. On the obverse, surrounded by a silver edge, is a rising sun behind the sea and a matron stands, representing Spain, offering, with the right hand, a laurel wreath and holding a sword with the left. At the top of the oval are the words: "Al mérito distinguido". On the reverse is the emblem of the Navy. The ribbon is 30 millimetres (1.2 in) wide and divided in three parts: the central with the national colours (red and yellow) and at the sides dark blue. Each medal has a clasp attached to the ribbon with the legend of the action done in black.
- "BOE núm. 213 Viernes 5" (PDF) (in Spanish). BOLETÍN OFICIAL DEL ESTADO. September 2003. Retrieved 25 October 2012.