Giving it some gas...

HANDS-ON Engineering students at HMS Sultan are briefed on the Mt30 turbine       Picture: LA(Phot) Dave Jenkins
HANDS-ON Engineering students at HMS Sultan are briefed on the Mt30 turbine Picture: LA(Phot) Dave Jenkins
Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson. Pictute: LPhot Ioan Roberts

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THE navy’s engineering apprentices will benefit from the installation of a powerful new gas turbine that will help with their education.

The Defence School of Marine Engineering, which is based at HMS Sultan in Gosport, now has a variant of the engine being installed in the new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers for trainees to learn on.

The school is currently working alongside Rolls Royce and the Aircraft Carrier Alliance to develop hands-on training which will continue throughout the turbine’s 40-year life cycle.

The addition of the MT30 turbine allows the school to continue its role of providing engineers and technicians with the necessary skills to support the Royal Navy’s fleet.

Captain Trevor Gulley, the commanding officer of HMS Sultan said: ‘As the Royal Navy continues to look forward the school continues to work with Defence Equipment and Support, Navy Command and our industrial partners to prepare our sailors for operational deployments around the world.

‘As the regeneration of equipment and engineering training within the Royal Navy continues to gather pace there is a real buzz of positive energy and enthusiasm coming from with the school and the new MT30 turbine will go a long way on creating new opportunities.’

In 2011 HMS Sultan became the first military establishment to receive an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.