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Petty Officer rewarded for commitment to boxing

A Petty Officer has been awarded a prize for his dedication to boxing.

Royal Navy Air Engineering Petty Officer Luke Thomas, from 824 Naval Air Squadron was given the Captain's efficiency prize in a surprise ceremony.

It was in recognition of Luke’s commitment to running HMS Seahawk’s boxing club, and taking on the Fleet Air Arm Command boxing coaching duties.

He received a much-coveted Captain's Coin from Culdrose Commanding Officer, Captain Ade Orchard OBE.

PO Thomas and POACMN Ed Butcher Credit: RNAS Culdrose

Luke runs regular training sessions on the Base which includes fitness boxing technical training and ring work with sparring.

I was completely dumbstruck when the CO descended on the class I was teaching for the Phase2 trainees. Seeing the Base Warrant Officer – Warrant Officer Bridgette Turner, staff from the gym as well as 824, my squadron made me feel pretty humbled that people think what I’m doing is out of the ordinary.

I just love encouraging people to better their physical wellbeing and have a great time doing it. Boxing is one of the hardest sports there is, the people that come into the Seahawk boxing gym all have something to be proud of.

– POAET Luke Thomas
Capt Ade Orchard and PO Luke Thomas Credit: RNAS Culdrose

Luke also received a framed citation which will have pride of place on his wall at home.

PO Luke Thomas Credit: RNAS Culdrose


Roads busy surrounding RNAS Culdrose air show

Devon and Cornwall Police have reported that the roads around Helston and West Cornwall are particularly busy today due to Culdrose Air Day.

They are urging drivers to be patient when travelling in the area.

Fly past planned to mark Cornish squadron's 76th birthday

The flypast will include many of the distinctive Red and Grey Sea King helicopters Credit: ITV News

The SAR navy squadron in Cornwall are preparing for a formation flypast around west Cornwall to mark their 76th birthday.

The flypast will include many of the distinctive Red and Grey Sea King helicopters and is likely to be the last time they are seen together before the handover to Search and Rescue. RNAS Culdrose say the flypast is a thank you to the local people for their support.

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