New Plaque Recognises Alliance Between Submarine Museum And Sultan Submariners

A plaque has been unveiled at the Submarine Museum in Gosport to recognise ongoing relations between Submariners past and present.
Since the middle of February, serving members of the submariner community from HMS SULTAN, where all Naval Marine Engineer Submariner personnel are trained, have been helping to improve facilities at the museum, firstly in preparation for the public re-opening of HMS ALLIANCE and now in preparation of the re-dedication of HMS ALLIANCE which will be attended by His Royal Highness The Duke Of Cambridge, Commodore-in-Chief Submarines and Royal Patron of the HMS Alliance Appeal.
Volunteers from HMS SULTAN have taken on a variety of tasks which have put their practical skills to good use, including landscaping and reconfiguring the layout of items on site. In addition trainees have been involved with preparing a new decking that visitors can sit and rest upon, where the plaque, complete with the Submariners Dolphins badge, will be displayed.
Captain Trevor Gulley, the Commanding Officer of HMS SULTAN said: “Throughout the £7m planned refit of HMS ALLIANCE, our own museums’ teams have offered tours of our Establishment’s Air and Marine Engineering Museums and our submariners have taken on fundraising activities to help support the project.  When the submariners within the Establishment heard that HMS ALLIANCE was due to be reopen they were keen to recognise their own heritage and support the museum. The experience has been a great opportunity for many of our younger trainees to mix with former submariners and to recognise the sacrifices of the past and the timeless qualities of the branch that will carry on indefinitely in the future.”

Personnel from HMS SULTAN will once again be involved in supporting the Submarine Museum on 12th May, with Establishment Chaplain Rev Ernie Grimshaw RN leading the HMS ALLIANCE rededication service. In addition HMS SULTAN submariners will be acting as flag bearers and will be joined by local sea cadets in street lining in order to honour the presence of the VIP’s who will be attending the event.

Royal Navy Submarine Museum Director, Cdre Chris Munns said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to be associated with HMS SULTAN, and we have thoroughly appreciated the support that Captain Gulley and his team have given us in preparing the Submarine Museum for the reopening of HMS ALLIANCE. They have made a significant difference and we have very much enjoyed working with them. We hope that our relationship will continue to grow for many years to come.”

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