Gosport super sailor Dee inspects the parade

TIDY Dee Caffari inspects sailors at HMS Sultan
TIDY Dee Caffari inspects sailors at HMS Sultan

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SHE is an honorary commander of the Royal Naval Reserves as well as a record-breaking yachtswoman.

And Dee Caffari carried out her first official engagement in the role by inspecting the parade at HMS Sultan in Gosport.

Honorary Commander Caffari was invited to the naval base as a guest of honour for HMS Sultan’s ceremonial divisions.

More than 600 sailors turned out for the parade, which was made up of 28 platoons and took place on Friday.

Also on parade was the band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.

Hon Cdr Caffari presented two medals for long service and good conduct to sailors.

Others were given awards for their training by navy lieutenants.

A Royal Navy spokesman said: ‘A number of medals and awards were presented by the commander and other award sponsors during divisions. 

‘The parade was also attended by members of HMS Sultan’s volunteer cadet corps, who performed admirably.’

Hon Cdr Caffari inspected the guard and the passing out platoons.

An Army platoon brought extra colour to the Royal Navy parade, with soldiers from the Royal Logistic Corps and Royal Engineers taking part.

After the parade at HMS Sultan, Hon Cdr Caffari went on to skipper one of two yachts taking part in the Round the Island Race on one of two yachts racing in support of Gosport-based charity Toe in the Water.

Toe in the Water provides rehabilitation to injured servicemen and women from all three services.