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RNAS Culdrose sailors pay visit to Parliament

By West Briton  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

MP Andrew George, front and centre, at the Palace of Westminster with Culdrose ratings and officers.

MP Andrew George, front and centre, at the Palace of Westminster with Culdrose ratings and officers.

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MORE than 40 naval ratings and officers from RNAS Culdrose have paid a visit to Parliament.

The group, of trainee air engineering technicians and aircraft handlers and their mentors, travelled to Westminster as part of their training.

They were invited by local MP Andrew George, who explained how Parliament kept abreast of defence matters, explained why he voted against military action in Iraq and Syria and fielded questions from the group.

Former Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey MP talked to the group about the relationship between the Government and the Navy, before several of the ratings gave presentations on their personal areas of study, including the Penlee lifeboat disaster.

Mr George said: "It was a privilege to host the next generation of air engineering technicians and aircraft handlers in Parliament.

"They are an impressive, highly professional and competent group. The future of the Navy looks encouraging with these young people."

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