Women take the helm

From left, Leading Regulator Nichola Connolly, Engineering Technician Emily Bunting, Engineering Technician Olivia Morris, Steward Hannah Watson, Petty Officer Sarah Jenkins and Leading Physical Trainer Instructor Charlotte Mason
From left, Leading Regulator Nichola Connolly, Engineering Technician Emily Bunting, Engineering Technician Olivia Morris, Steward Hannah Watson, Petty Officer Sarah Jenkins and Leading Physical Trainer Instructor Charlotte Mason
Monster truck 'Grim Reaper' in action at the HMS Sultan Summer Show. Thousands of visitors enjoyed an exciting Father's Day weekend recently at the HMS Sultan Summer Show 2018.  The not-for-profit Show was jam-packed with high quality Arena Entertainment including Monster Trucks, a Steam Fayre and motorcycle displays with the Royal Naval Volunteer Cadet Corps Field Gun and the HMS Sultan Volunteer Band ensuring the Show was in keeping with the best of Naval Traditions.  Outside of the Main Arena an enormous funfair, a free Fun and Games Arena, petting zoo, static airframe displays, creepy crawlies, craft and chairties tents, classic cars and a Georgian Gun Deck Experience based around the Battle of Trafalgar kept visitors entertained. In addition, guests were also given the opportunity to book their own ride on the 'Red Dragon; Moster Ride Truck.  On top of everythinng else on offer 2018 marks 'The Year of Engineering', a year long cross-government campaign. Picture: PO Phot Nicola Harper.

IN PICTURES: HMS Sultan Summer Show

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FEMALE sailors took the helm of a Portsmouth warship as she was guided into London.

HMS Kent visited the capital this week on her way to take part in the Battle of Jutland centenary commemorations this month.

Women manned the bridge to steer the Type 23 frigate down the Thames and into Canary Wharf.

Of a core ship’s company of 165 there are 22 women on board, working across the decks in varied jobs from engineering technician to physical trainer and police officer.

Among those guiding the ship into dock were Leading Regulator Nicola Connolly, 26, Leading Physical Trainer Charlotte Mason, 22, and Steward Hannah Watson, 23.