Navy personnel marching to the beat of a festive drum

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SAILORS at HMS Sultan took the opportunity to welcome the festive season with a Christmas-themed early morning 

Staff and trainees from different parts of the base donned Christmas jumpers, tinsel, baubles, lights and in one case, a turkey, for the demonstration.

The event was held to raise money for Shelterbox, a charity which works to provide immediate relief to victims of disasters around the world, providing them with the necessary shelter required to survive.

The parade, called a ‘Divisions’ was organised by Leading Engineering Technician Craig Jenkins who brought up the idea following a suggestion by one of the trainees.

Craig said: ‘Engineering Technician Jem Dring came out with a suggestion about wearing Christmas Jumpers for charity within the establishment, so we thought it might be fun to wear them while out on divisions.’

The brightly-decorated sailors marched past inspecting officer Commander Sophie Shaughnessy.

Craig said the navy had worked with Shelterbox while on deployment overseas and the team at Sultan were happy to support it.

He said: ‘Shelterbox play a big part in supporting our Sultan operational sea training weekends, interacting with our trainees during our disaster relief training.

‘The Charity do a lot of good work all over the World and it was great fundraiser to be involved with.

‘I was even able to provide some Christmas music to be played during the march off.’

For more information about the charity visit the website at