Some of the children and their parents at the Bring your Kids to work Day.
By Kim Hardie
HM Naval Base Clyde recently hosted over 20 children of Naval Base staff when the annual Bring Your Child to Work Day came to Faslane.
The children aged between 12 and 15, accompanied by their parents, were treated to an action-filled day which let them see the huge range of activities undertaken at HMNB Clyde.
Most of the children started the day in their parents’ work place and then spent the morning visiting the Royal Marines of 43 Commando, Northern Diving Group and the Ministry of Defence Police – where Sergeant Stephen Tait showed them round some police armoured vehicles and the Control Room.
The morning was finished off with a bit of a display from the police dogs who demonstrated how they use their skills to detect explosives.
After lunch it was time for a sail in the sunshine on the SD Oronsay. The trip out on the water was enjoyed by both parents and children and afterwards they headed down to the Fire Station where the day ended with Watch Manager, Colin Taylor and his crew demonstrating how they tackle road traffic accidents and letting the kids have some fun with fire hoses.
Thomas Feeney, 12-year-old son of Chief Petty Officer Andy Feeney said: “It was good to see where my Dad works, and my favourite part of the day was the police dog demonstration. Seeing them search for explosives was really cool.”
The annual event was organised by Chief Petty Officer Murray Anderson and was attended by the children of Royal Navy, Ministry of Defence, Babcock and BAE Systems personnel.
A couple of the children have fun with fire hoses at the HMNB Clyde Fire Station.