Community Chest opened at RNAS Yeovilton
Leading Members of the local community were invited to Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton for a briefing on the transition and to explain what effect this is likely to have on the local community.
RNAS Yeovilton is undertaking a significant period of change and the doors were opened to representatives from local authorities, councils and parishes, as well as health and education practitioners. They received a full and open brief on the transition of aircraft types, Sea King to Merlin, Lynx to Wildcat and the integration of 1 Regiment Army Air Corp that are the major elements of this change. This programme signals the Ministry of Defence’s commitment to RNAS Yeovilton as a key operating base that employs over 4,000 military and civilian personnel, with all the implications this has for the local economies.
RNAS Yeovilton has and will continue to keep the general public updated on the transitional programmes that will directly affect them and it is important to ensure all key members of the local authorities and communities (Mayor’s, Council Representatives, Hospital Managers, Head teachers etc) are communicated to accurately, answering any concerns they may have. RNAS Yeovilton wishes to raise public awareness and continue to build on an already excellent relationship and rapport with the local community.
A brief, introduced by the Commanding Officer, Commodore Jock Alexander OBE, was given to an 80 strong audience in the Fleet Air Arm Museum. Time was taken to introduce the elements that make up RNAS Yeovilton with short briefings on transition given by Commanding Officers on the Station from, Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force, Commando Helicopter Force, the Aviation Reconnaissance Force and the Air Department. It was an opportunity for the key members to have their questions answered and dispel any fears surrounding the future here at RNAS Yeovilton.