Past Master Colin Sach visits 815 NAS at Yeovilton

In early August Past Master Colin Sach visited 815 NAS at Yeovilton to view the new Wildcat helicopter, which has replaced the venerable Lynx, and experience its capability. It was the “end of term” for the squadron and their prize giving day. One of the prizes presented was the Bakers Prize to the person in the squadron that it is considered by the Commanding Officer has played an outstanding role in the squadron during the year.
This year it was awarded to Lieutenant Frank Suter Royal Navy who it was considered had contributed to the squadron beyond that normally expected. Frank has continually been on operations almost for the whole year without a break as his particular skills have been in great demand across the world. He has amassed record numbers of flying hours for a pilot in the squadron. A worthy recipient.
After the ceremony while afternoon tea was served PM Sach had the opportunity to meet members, both past and present, of the squadron. In particular he met relatives of some of those members of the squadron that had voluntarily given their lives in the squadron’s service. In recent times this has usually been rescuing those in peril upon the seas. We should not forget that level of selfless sacrifice.
815 NAS is an active squadron with the role of operating all the Royal Navy’s onboard helicopters, except those embarked on carriers. It has a role is supporting helicopter operations over London in the event of a terrorist incident so in recent times a direct link to ensuring the continued success of the City. Other current operational roles include the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Mediterranean.
We will be entertaining the Commanding Officer and Lieutenant Frank Suter at our Installation dinner at the Mansion House in November.