‘Set your sights high’ Navy’s senior engineer tells trainees at Sultan

Topic: People Storyline: HMS Sultan

The Navy’s most senior engineer was Guest of Honour at Ceremonial Divisions at HMS Sultan to see the men and women who will drive the Fleet into the mid-21st Century.

The Gosport establishment hosted Ceremonial Divisions for Rear Admiral Jim Higham, Director Ships Support and Chief Naval Engineer Officer, as he underlined the importance of the work Sultan does to provide the Senior Service with highly-skilled air and marine engineers, without whom nothing would fly or sail.

In his first visit since Joining DE&S as Director Ship Support the admiral, who was escorted by Captain Jo Deakin, Sultan’s Commanding Officer throughout, inspected members of the Guard of Honour before presenting several medals. In addressing the Divisions, Admiral Higham said:

“Be proud of what you can offer our Navy and its people… set your sights high….set your sights on the Fleet, a Fleet that engineers and only engineers can sustain”.

Long Service and Good Conduct Medals were presented to Sub Lieutenant S Payne and ET(ME) Lloyd.

HMS Sultan is home to the Defence College of Technical Training’s Defence School of Marine Engineering and the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School where engineers and technicians are equipped with the skills to function as the ‘beating heart of operational capability’, maintaining, repairing, sustaining and operating our aircraft, ships, submarines and vehicles daily on operations across the globe.