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ARMY engineers have a new piece of kit to play with at a navy base in Gosport.

HMS Sultan, in Military Road, has received a Thrustmaster – the propulsion unit for a Mexeflote, a landing raft system, used by the 17 Port and Maritime Regiment.

Now the Thrustmaster unit will be used to teach Army marine engineers on their Royal Logistics Corps phase training courses, and Army Reserve soldiers on their initial and upgrading courses.

The courses are taught by staff from the Defence School of Marine Engineering at Sultan.

It is one of the six recently-formed Defence College of Technical Training schools in the country.

Staff Sergeant Dave Hall, of the Royal Logistics Corps, is assistant course manager.

He said: ‘Previously, Army students and instructors have had to travel to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment based at the Sea Mounting Centre, in Marchwood, to conduct all training on the Thrustmaster.

‘This saw the loss of training time due to travelling and operational commitments.’