by Sally Hillier
At 0812 on Friday (July 27th) Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose joined thousands of people nationwide to mark the start of the Olympics.
Fusing Naval tradition with preparations for the Games, three personnel from the air station took turns to ring the base’s ‘ship’s bell’.
The ceremonial bell sounded in accord with thousands of other bells across the UK, all rung ‘as quickly and loudly as possible’.
The event, entitled ‘All the Bells’, was conceived by Turner prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed.
Pictures show Warrant Officer 1 (WO1) Len Phillips (CU120165001 MoD copyright), Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Dave Prevaskis (CU120165005 MoD copyright), and Leading Air Engineering Technician (LAET) Dave Newbold (CU120165006 MoD copyright)
Did you know?
One of Europe’s largest helicopter bases, RNAS Culdrose delivers highly capable Helicopter Squadrons specialising in Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare and Airborne Surveillance and Control.
Its frontline Squadrons are deployed to ships all over the world to support the Royal Navy in its global operations.
Back at the Air Station, trainee Aircrew, Engineers, Air Traffic Controllers, Fire-fighters and Flight Deck crews undergo intensive training prior to joining Naval Air Squadrons for duties at sea.
Additionally, the ‘Search and Rescue’ Squadron is on constant standby 365-days a year to react to emergencies throughout the Southwest region.
Its red and grey helicopters can be seen braving all types of weather responding to calls for help on land and sea.