Level 3 Sport and Public Services students got the opportunity to get on board the Merlin Mk 2 Submarine Hunter during a visit from the Royal Navy.
The Naval Air Squadron landed on the local Chaucer Field and gave students an on-board tour of the aircraft, a 2014 upgrade of the original, which has been designed to supply the UK’s Maritime Force Protection and airborne anti-submarine warfare capability.
The visit came as a result of a positive ongoing relationship between the department and the Royal Navy, with the aim of enhancing student knowledge through innovative learning experiences.
“I believe that engaging with the students is important in showcasing the options available to those who are technically minded. There are many opportunities available for these students in the Navy; they are able to work towards a degree, travel and learn new skills, all whilst working with state-of-the-art kit. I was attracted to the Navy during an event and I’m happy to be doing something both professional and worthwhile.” – Merlin Observer, 829 Naval Air Squadron.
Navy Officers were available during the visit to answer students’ questions, demonstrate the use of equipment and share their own experiences.
“It was great to get up close to the Navy Helicopter. I have managed to find out some surprising information through talking to the officers about the equipment they use and the cost involved. It isn’t the type of thing we would learn in the classroom so it is good to have the opportunity to find out more about what they do.” - Jack Lockerby, Level 3 Sport