Today, working alongside Navy Wings, the church hosted a heritage day for 75 Phase 2B Air Engineering Technicians from the air station at Yeovilton. The trainees were divided into small groups, rotating through selected points of interest inside and outside in the Royal Naval Cemetery. The stances were the Falkland’s Conflict Memorial tablet, a brass plaque listing the four naval aviation Victoria Cross recipients, the resting place of Honorary Vice Admiral Sir Donald Gosling KCVO Royal Naval Reserve and the graves of those who lost their lives in a Lynx helicopter operating from HMS Portland in 2004.
Individuals within the groups had been previously nominated to research and then deliver a short talk to their colleagues on the relevant subjects. The day provided a sombre reminder of how important their future roles in the Fleet Air Arm would play in operating naval aircraft safely ashore and afloat. It also gave the trainees an opportunity to learn about the heroic exploits of earlier generations and to honour their sacrifice. Whilst visiting the Navy Wings hangar they were able to get up close to the historic Sea Vixen FAW2, Sea Fury FB.11 and two Swordfish aircraft.
The following services will take place over the Christmas period:
Crib Service 4:00 pm on 24 December 2021 (Christmas Eve) - Cancelled
Midnight Mass 11:00 pm on 24 December 2021 (Christmas Eve)
Sunday Eucharist 10:30 am on 26 December 2021 (Boxing Day) - Cancelled
Everyone is welcome.
At the eleventh hour yesterday, Thursday 11 November 2021, representatives from the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton gathered alongside veterans in the Royal Naval Cemetery to pay tribute to those lost in both world wars and other conflicts. The new Base Warrant Officer, Nick Seal, also read out the names of men and women who had died in the Naval Service during this year just before the two minute silence. A Wildcat helicopter flew over the the Royal Naval Cemetery as a mark of respect during the service.
We will remember them.