The Prince talked about his days on the Squadron, flying Sea Kings at night on Night Vision Goggles when they were first introduced to the aviation world.

Warrant Officer 1 Paul Lofthouse

HRH also had lunch with personnel from the Air Station before visiting his old Squadron, 820 NAS who are celebrating their 80th Anniversary, having formed in April 1933 as a Fleet spotter reconnaissance Squadron at Gosport, meeting some of those who maintain and fly the Merlin MK 2.

On hand to show the prince around was Lieutenant Nick Grimmer, who has recently completed the Merlin Mk 2 conversion course.

“The Prince talked about his days on the Squadron, flying Sea Kings at night on Night Vision Goggles when they were first introduced to the aviation world.

“It was good to hear about his experiences flying and comparing them to flying the advanced Merlin Mk 2.”

The final call on the Royal itinerary was to 829 NAS where The Duke presented a Clasp to the Long service and Good Conduct (LS&GC) medal to Warrant Officer 2 David Baxter.

The clasp to the LSGC medal recognises 30 years’ service of dedicated and professional commitment to the country and the Royal Navy and is a significant milestone which very few in the Naval Service achieve.

Receiving a prestigious ‘Green Endorsement’ was Leading Air Engineer Thomas Burns for his diligence and moral courage in challenging a specifically laid down technical instruction and for his integrity in bringing the problem to light.

For this Thomas becomes the first Air Engineer to be presented with a Green Endorsement, normally awarded to Aircrew.