HMS Sultan trainees make outdoor improvements at Rowner Junior School

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Air engineering technicians from HMS Sultan have been working hard to serve their local community by taking on some ground-breaking challenges at Rowner Junior School, Gosport.

The group, who are all studying within the Defence College of Technical Training’s Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School, completed a number of different tasks in order to help improve outdoor facilities, including building a tool shed and creating a vegetable patch where children will be able to learn more about plants.

I think it’s brilliant to get involved with the community, it definitely works well to be out working as part of a team and we also get to do some problem solving

Alistair Darby-Hadley

Having joined HMS Sultan straight from their initial training at HMS Raleigh, the trainees are currently completing their phase 2a training.

Learning how to communicate and work well as part of a team are important skills for the trainees and taking part in community projects offers an excellent opportunity to put these skills into practice.

Alistair Darby-Hadley, 23, was among those carrying out the work. He said: ‘It’s been a lot of hard work, but we have been helped along by the good weather and the school who have been brilliant at keeping us supplied with cups of tea.

‘We have worked well together and it’s great to be able to do this for the school. I think it’s brilliant to get involved with the community. It definitely works well to be out working as part of a team and we also get to do some problem-solving.’

Chief Petty Officer Graham Parkes supervised the group of trainees throughout the project.

He said:‘It’s been great for us all to be out working within the community. Completing the tasks has seen everyone work well as a team.

‘I am sure the schoolchildren will love using the new facility and each one of the trainees can be very proud of what they have achieved.

‘When we arrived on site there was a huge bush which needed removing, as well as preparing ground for a shed which we also built.

‘It looked like it was going to be a lengthy task. However, we have been really fortunate to have some fantastic weather and the trainees have been very proactive, enthusiastically getting stuck in to the task at hand.’