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Bee keeper called to Royal Naval Air Station

Air Engineer Petty Officer Si Baker and the unwelcome visitors Credit: RNAS Culdrose

An instructor at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose was confronted by swarming bees when he arrived at work.

Air Engineer Petty Officer Si Baker, who is responsible for the station's Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defence cell, had to call for help from a local bee keeper when he found the swarm outside his office window.

Fortunately he had full protective kit which he needs for his day job.

Les Tonkin from the West Cornwall Bee Keepers Association took them away to - hopefully - start a new colony.

Hopefully the honey bees will start a new colony Credit: RNAS Culdrose


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
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