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TALK Students from Lyc�e Joliot Curie talk to Petty Officer Ben Piller
TALK Students from Lyc�e Joliot Curie talk to Petty Officer Ben Piller
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A GROUP of French students spent a day at the Royal Navy’s engineering training base as part of a cultural 
exchange.

The group of 38 students, from a technical training college in Sète, France, were invited to HMS Sultan in Gosport to visit the Defence School of Marine Engineering.

They got the chance to explore the navy’s engineering workshops and brush up on their English speaking skills.

Laëtitia Statari, from the Lycée Joliot Curie technical training college, said: ‘I really thank the Royal Navy for having shared this day with us.

‘I particularly thank Lieutenant Sarah Weatherfield and Commander Xavier Breitel because they have been of great help.

‘It was a fantastic experience both for students and teachers.

‘Everything was perfect. I hope we will keep in touch with HMS Sultan.’

After a day exploring the Gosport base’s technical facilities, the students took on members of HMS Sultan’s Engineer Technician Initial Career Course in a number of friendly sports matches.

HMS Sultan is the home of the Defence School of Marine Engineering and the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival School.

Its primary function is to supply the Royal Navy fleet with engineering officers and ratings of the highest standard of engineering knowledge.