Royal Navy Silent Service drops in to College of West Anglia

CWA students

CWA students - Credit: Archant

Students from the College of West Anglia Wisbech campus gained an invaluable insight into life in the Royal Navy as they got to meet two ambassadors currently serving in the Royal Navy Submarine Service on Wednesday October 14.

60 of CWA’s uniformed and public service students – along with the college’s technical apprentices – received a presentation on life in the forces from Petty Officer Kevin Mathias and Able Seaman Matt Wardle.

The serving duo informed students of the excellent career opportunities in today’s Modern Royal Navy Submarine Service.

Learners were informed of the essential role played by the Royal Navy Submarine service, as the United Kingdom’s armed forces deterrent.

They learnt of the vital role performed by the Royal Navy’s Fleet Submarines that are fast, deep-diving and capable of a wide range of roles and also gained insight into the day-to-day routine of living on submerged and deployed Royal Navy Submarines.


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Members of the Submarine Service do not usually visit schools and colleges and so, this presentation was the first of its kind.

Adrian Kent, uniformed service tutor at CWA Wisbech, said: “The presentation, and more importantly a chance to ask current submariners questions about life in the Royal Navy, was an invaluable experience for our students. It is fair to say that both students and staff found the presentation extremely informative and inspiring.

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“We would like use this opportunity to thank Petty Officer Kevin Mathias, and Able Seaman Matt Wardle for their excellent presentation as well as Chief Petty Officer Louise Isaacs, careers adviser in charge at AFCO Peterborough, for arranging the visit” he said.

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