Deploying the same heavy lifting equipment they use in their ‘port operating’ role, a dozen #Reservists transferred 20 tonnes of aggregate and graded it to create a helipad that can accommodate Royal Navy Merlin helicopters on training flights from RNAS Culdrose.
The exercise provided vital training for the Regiment’s specialist role within the The Royal Logistic Corps. That includes preparing beaches to bring stores ashore where no established port exists. They also train as Seamen and Marine Engineers to pilot and maintain a fleet of inshore vessels such as Landing Ships (Logistics) and Mexeflote powered rafts.
The work on the helipad will also benefit the port owners, A&P, who have a contract to provide facilities for vessels of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary – the Royal Navy’s ‘cargo ships’. A&P are signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant as supportive employers to Reservist and ex-Regulars and their families.