Exercise Clean Sweep

Exercise Clean Sweep at HMS Sultan

Teams spent the day at HMS Sultan, Gosport competing in the Royal Navy Engineering Challenge 'Exercise Clean Sweep' to mark the Year of Engineering 2018.

The challenge which involved building a remote-controlled vessel capable of recovering objects on the seabed aimed to inspire young people to engage further with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Seventy-five teams entered the competition and the standard was very high this year with our KS4 teams doing very well finishing 5th and 9th overall. Outside of competition itself, the youngsters were given the opportunity to enjoy several STEM-related displays and activities including tours of the establishment's facilities such as helicopters, gas turbines and diesel engines. Our pupils also had the chance to experience 24 hours of naval life, including a night on board HMS Bristol.

Vice Admiral Sir Jonathan Woodcock KCB OBE, Second Sea Lord said: "This annual engineering challenge which grows from strength to strength each year offers an invaluable opportunity for the Royal Navy to inspire the engineers of the future whilst at the same time encouraging innovation and showcasing the variety of roles and opportunities that exist for those wishing to pursue a career in engineering."