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PUPILS will have an unusual visitor as part of their school’s maths and science careers day this Friday.

A Royal Navy search and rescue Sea King helicopter will land at Crofton School in Stubbington to allow the students to clamber aboard and learn about life in the Fleet Air Arm.

The Sea King HU5 helicopter and her four crew, part of 771 Squadron based at Royal Navy Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose, will visit the school, giving students a chance to look around the aircraft and talk to the crew about their roles.

The visit is part of an initiative to raise awareness of career opportunities in the Royal Navy.

After the visit, the helicopter will take some of the area’s Combined Cadet Force students flying.

Pilot Lieutenant Chris Whittington, who flies the Sea King on search and rescue missions over the south west of England, said: ‘It is a real thrill to be able to bring one of our helicopters to the Portsmouth area, as it helps strengthen relationships between schools and the Royal Navy.’