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Navy sailors’ propeller lifting challenge

The fundraising team at HMS Sultan after their weight-lifting challenge

The fundraising team at HMS Sultan after their weight-lifting challenge

AS NAVY engineers, these sailors will spend most of their careers keeping warships – and their propellers – running smoothly.

So when a group of trainees at HMS Sultan in Gosport decided to hold a charity challenge, they chose to bench press the weight of one of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s new propellers.

The students split into two teams, one from the Marine Engineering General Service (MEGS) course and one from the Marine Engineering Submariner (MESM) course and competed to see who could lift 33 tons the quickest.

Midshipman Alison Ross, 24, who organised the event, said: ‘We wanted to pull together and do something as a course and perhaps introduce some competition by challenging our submariner equivalents so the bench press seemed the ideal thing.

‘As HMS Queen Elizabeth has been in the news a lot lately and it is something that everyone is talking about we hoped that the association might get our fundraiser some attention.’

The trainees chose to raise money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).

They aimed to raise £1,000 between them.

Mid Ross added: ‘We decided we wanted to raise money for the RNRMC, as we have heard a lot about how the RNRMC puts a lot back into the Royal Navy and in to what we do.

‘We are so pleased to have been able to hit the target that we had aimed to raise for the RNRMC.’

With seven trainees in each team the two groups quickly got into their rhythm and the task flew by. In the end the MEGS emerged victorious, narrowly beating the MESM time of 19 minutes and 20 seconds with their own time of 18 minutes and 54 seconds.

 

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