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Institution of Mechanical Engineers recognises Royal Navy academic success

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PO Cyprone Barrett receiving award from Rear Admiral Paul Methven
PO Cyprone Barrett receiving award from Rear Admiral Paul Methven

On 3 August, more than 1,200 Royal Navy personnel gathered on the parade grounds at HMS Sultan in Gosport for a prize-giving ceremony that saw the Institution present awards to Petty Officers for their academic achievement.

Cyprone Barrett received the award for top marks on the Petty Officer Qualifying Course (POQC) for general service, along with a cheque for £125.

After spending 18 months on the course, PO Barrett has recently been drafted to a Type 45 destroyer as a Controls Senior Rate. In his current role, he’s responsible for the steering system, stabilisers, propulsion advanced induction motors, and the electrical power system.

“The most challenging aspect of engineering on a Royal Navy ship is the intense pressure faced when a system goes down at a time when it’s essential to provide power to command,” says Cyprone.

“The electrical systems on a T45 are quite technologically advanced and, as such, conducting diagnostics and repairing them – provided the part is readily available – can be quite exhausting.”

Lessons learnt on the POQC course mean Cyprone can react quickly and take the necessary action during fault detection and diagnostics. He’s proud that his hard work has been recognised by the Institution.

Admiral Paul Methven inspects the Guard of Honour at HMS Sultan 3 August 2018 700 Admiral Paul Methven inspects the Guard of Honour at HMS Sultan 3 August 2018 

Receiving his cheque and the award for the highest result on the POQC for a submariner was Petty Officer Michael Bevan.

“I’m currently assigned to HMS Trenchant as a Reactor Panel Operator. This means I’m responsible for operating the reactor when critical at sea. Other duties include the maintenance and repair of instrumentation and equipment,” says Michael. “Such recognition of achievement from IMechE is further motivation to succeed.”

As well as rewarding academic performance and engineering excellence, the awards also

PO Michael Bevan receiving award from Rear Admiral Paul Methven
PO Michael Bevan receiving award from Rear Admiral Paul Methven

The two parties have been working together since 2010. Last December, an agreement was signed to extend the accreditation of the Specially Authorised Process for Marine Engineers, which allows Royal Navy personnel to apply for professional registration.

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