On 21st July The Master and Liveryman Simon Collins attended the 825 Naval Air Squadron Wings Parade at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset. 825 NAS is one of our military affiliates and we have a strong relationship with them.
The Wings Parade marks the culmination of over 3 years’ training to become qualified Pilots and Observers in the Wildcat maritime attack helicopter. This included recent deck landing qualification in HMS Prince of Wales, the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier. Wings were presented by Rear Admiral Martin Connell who is the head of the Fleet Air Arm. 825 NAS trains both Wildcat aircrew and engineers for the entire Royal Navy and there are currently two ex-Commanding Officers as Liverymen!
The parades happen twice a year and are an excellent opportunity for other awards and medals to be presented. The Distillers’ Prize is presented to the engineer who achieves the best results in their training to receive their Certificate of Competence to Supervise Aircraft Maintenance which is a major milestone in a young sailor’s career.
The Master had the honour to present the trophy to LAET Scarlett Purdy whose citation was exceptional and she was obviously a deserving winner. It was great to talk with her after the parade and hear how much she loves her job and is determined to progress further in the Royal Navy. Our ability to support such motivated and capable young people is a key element of having military affiliates and it was a delight to be a part of what was an excellent and enjoyable day.
The parade finished with a champagne reception and a flying display, as well as an opportunity to meet serving Officers and Sailors and their families. The Master even managed a pose next to a Wildcat helicopter – a great day all round.
The next parade is expected to be in March/April 2022 and there will be spaces available for other Liverymen to attend should they wish to learn more about one of our military affiliates.
Simon Collins, Liveryman