Navy base hosts pupils from centre

DEMO Chief Petty Officer George Grimes briefs students on training machinery used by sailors, at HMS Sultan, in preparation for life at sea
DEMO Chief Petty Officer George Grimes briefs students on training machinery used by sailors, at HMS Sultan, in preparation for life at sea

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COLLEGE students visited a shore establishment to see how the navy teaches engineering.

Two classes from Gosport Marine Skills Centre, based at St Vincent College in Mill Lane, went to HMS Sultan.

The NVQ Level 1 and Level 2 marine engineering pupils looked at engines, gas turbines, and refrigeration and air conditioning units.

The college hopes to offer a Level 3 qualification this year.

Jade Adams, 19, is studying at the centre and wants to progress from her course in engineering.

She said: ‘I’ve been impressed with the scale of some of the equipment that the navy gets to work with.

‘You always see these types of buildings from the outside and wonder what’s in them.

‘With my granddad a mechanic, uncle a panel-beater and father an electrician, I always leaned towards engineering.

‘The more I can learn and experience from trips like this the better.’

Marc Dodd, 16, is the youngest pupil studying for the Level 2 qualification.

He said: ‘Having grown up around the Royal Navy, I always loved seeing all the ships.

‘But I have still been surprised by the size of all the equipment used.

‘The visit has been good – the skills that my father gained while he was in the Royal Navy meant, when he finished his service, he could go on to work as an engineer within the cruise industry.

‘It would be nice to follow in his footsteps and hopefully to join the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in support of the Royal Navy.’

The pupils were taken on the trip by Tom Parsons, from college business partner Mabway, who used to serve at HMS Sultan as a Chief Petty Officer Marine Engineer Mechanic.