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Sailors from RNAS Culdrose at the Station’s carol service
RNAS Culdrose carol service
RNAS Culdrose carol service
Captain Orchard and senior officers serving Christmas dinner
RNAS Culdrose Junior Rates Christmas dinner
Capt Orchard serving the junior rates at their Christmas dinner


Published: 15 Dec 2015

Personnel from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose took a moment to reflect on the traditional meaning of Christmas at their annual carol service in the Air Station’s cinema.


Accompanied by HMS Seahawk Volunteer Band and led by Colour Sergeant Dom O’Conner, Royal Marines Band Service, the assembled congregation put heart and soul into a collection of well known traditional carols. Sailors, airman and civilians from squadrons, and units who work across the Navy’s Cornish Air Station were reminded by Royal Naval Chaplain Andrew Corness of the Christmas message.


Following the seasonal sing- a - long the Culdrose command team took up serving duties in the Main galley and junior rates dinner hall where they served the customary Christmas dinner to the bemused Air Station’s ratings.


Warrant Officer Ian Anderson, RNAS Culdrose’s Base Warrant Officer said, “It’s a good old naval tradition where once a year the Captain and his Senior Officers serve all junior ranks their Christmas dinner, it doesn’t matter where we are, at sea or deployed on operations. We currently have several units deployed around the world, some will make it back in time for Christmas, but many others will be spending the festive period on ships and shore bases, serving their Country away from their families and friends.”


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