Gwella have recently undertaken general maintenance work at RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall. Part of this work consisted of repairs to the perimeter fencing in various locations around the boundary of the camp.

RNAS Culdrose is Home to the Royal Navy’s maritime Merlins. Culdrose – just outside Helston on the Lizard Peninsula, is one of the largest helicopter bases in Europe. With 3,000 personnel, it is one of the biggest single-site employers in Cornwall, contributing £100m into the local economy every year.

This busy Air Station supplies skilled aviators, engineers and flight deck crews to protect Royal Navy Ships and Submarines, above, on and below the waves.

Gwella’s work consisted of removing razor wire which was corroded and can cause a FOD (Foreign Object Debris) hazard, which is any article or substance, alien to an aircraft or system, which could potentially cause damage.

Working with razor wire can be extremely hazardous and requires operatives to wear full protective clothing, including trousers, jacket and gauntlets, along with safety footwear and face visor.

“Pictured is a veteran search and rescue Sea King helicopter, now retired from service, which once belonged to 771 Naval Air Squadron, and now stands as a ‘gate guardian’, marking the courage and dedication of the helicopter crews and personnel.”