Guests from livery companies were welcomed to HMS Sultan recently.
Representatives from the Worshipful Company of blacksmiths, turners, shipwrights, engineers and fuellers paid a visit to learn more about the Royal Navy and the range of modern engineering training undertaken within HMS Sultan.
The navy base in Gosport enjoys close working relationships with a number of livery companies based in the City of London.
The affiliations with these companies, some of which date back to the Middle Ages, were originally developed as regulators for their trades and now act primarily as charitable organisations, sponsoring prizes that are routinely awarded to HMS Sultan’s trainee engineers.
There are currently 110 liveries in London which play a significant part in City life, not least by providing charitable-giving and networking opportunities.
Liverymen retain voting rights for the senior civic offices, such as the Sheriffs and Lord Mayor of the City of London Corporation.
Lieutenant Megan Keeling, staff officer at the Defence School of Marine Engineering, said: ‘Engineering excellence is at the heart of everything we do at HMS Sultan and our affiliations with livery companies continue to help us maintain these standards.
‘We are very grateful for the support they provide us towards our training.’
‘The programme was a great way of enabling the visitors to see some of the air and marine engineering skills which are taught here that equip our engineers for the challenges they may encounter while at sea.’
The guests were treated to a welcome from the Commanding Officer of HMS Sultan, Captain Trevor Gulley OBE ADC, with additional briefs from the Defence College of Technical Training’s Royal Naval Air Engineering Survival School and the Defence School of Marine Engineering.
There was a wider brief from the presentation team on the Royal Navy’s role and then the visitors were hosted to lunch followed by tours of the training schools.