HMS Sultan hosts a special day of activities for families

Luke Richardson enjoys the family day with wife Jane and eight-month- old daughter Katie Picture: LA(phot) Dave Jenkins
Luke Richardson enjoys the family day with wife Jane and eight-month- old daughter Katie Picture: LA(phot) Dave Jenkins
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Families took centre stage at a special event held at HMS Sultan recently.

The gates at the Royal Navy base on Military Road welcomed parents and children for an afternoon of entertainment at the HMS Sultan families day.

Bouncy castles, live entertainment, a barbeque and a sports day were all part of the fun on offer to those attending, as well as rides on the establishment’s very own super sentinel steam wagon.

There was also a tug of war, a chance to try archery and an obstacle course for parents and children.

HMS Sultan is the Royal Navy’s primary engineering training establishment.

In addition, sailors work hard to play an active role in the community through visits, community projects and fundraising.

Captain Trevor Gulley, commanding officer of HMS Sultan, said: ‘The summer term is a long period of training for everyone within the establishment.

‘Achieving all of our goals requires every one of our people to remain a driven and focused member of our team.

‘On top of our efforts in the workshop and classroom, we remain dedicated to serving our local community and each year, throughout the HMS Sultan Summer Show, I see thousands of people come away with a positive experience of the establishment.

‘All of our people’s achievements make me very proud to be the commanding officer of HMS Sultan.

‘However, so much of what we do is accomplished with the quiet support and encouragement of our families at home.

‘The families day is our opportunity to say thank you to them for their invaluable contribution.’

The establishment is home to the headquarters of the Defence College of Technical Training, which includes the Defence School of Marine Engineering and the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival School.

A number of other units are also based within the boundaries of HMS Sultan, including Defence Business Services and the Admiralty Interview Board.