Navy holds disaster relief exercise at HMS Sultan in Gosport

The disaster relief exercise at HMS Sultan
The disaster relief exercise at HMS Sultan
Picture: Malcolm Wells

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NAVY personnel have been put through their paces in a two-day exercise designed to test their disaster relief skills.

The grounds of HMS Sultan in Gosport were transformed into a fictional earthquake-hit island for the exercise.

There were 300 junior engineering officers and technicians taking part, who made up a frigate’s company.

Participants responded to a distress call from the island and had to rescue victims and overcome chemical spillages, floods and damages to power supplies.

Air Engineer Officer Lieutenant Mike Harris said: ‘The weekend promotes naval core values and requires individuals to demonstrate effective leadership in order to achieve common goals. The students gained a great sense of achievement from the experience and should be very pleased with the teamwork shown.’