Members of HMS Sultan's Car Repair Club (SCRC) are to benefit from a new piece of kit, thanks largely to a donation by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).

In November 2013 Leading Engineering Technician Nigel ‘Donk’ Fleetwood made an application to the Charity on behalf of the SCRC for a grant to subsidise the purchase of a new Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welder.

Committee and club members alike were surprised and excited when the RNRMC responded the next month, advising they were able to cover 75 per cent of the cost of the new welder through its Naval Service Amenity Fund (NSAF).

The grant enabled the SCRC to purchase the new machine, which has replaced the existing unit – which long since failed after years of use by club members.

SCRC Manager, Chief Petty Officer Gareth ‘Stirling’ Moss, said that club members would struggle without the purchase.

“The new welder is awesome! It’s one of the club’s most important pieces of equipment and allows Sultan personnel to conduct a range of tasks on their vehicles; from minor panel repairs to major rebuilds,” he said.

Photo: SCRC Manager CPO Moss (left) with LET Fleetwood and the new MIG welder.

SCRC's following

With annual membership averaging 120 personnel the SCRC provides a wide range of vehicle repair and maintenance facilities, available to all serving and civilian staff within HMS Sultan. 

The club provides the facilities required to carry out a wide range of vehicle repairs ranging from day-to-day servicing to complete engine rebuilds and longer term refurbishment projects. Some of the facilities available for members to use include three vehicle lifts, engine cranes, hoists, a wide selection of tools and oil disposal facilities.

SCRC Supervising Officer, Lieutenant Mat Windross RN NZ added that the SCRC is an outstanding facility for serving motor enthusiasts and that the new welder will be “utilised and appreciated by HMS Sultan personnel for many years to come.”

Photo: CPO Moss tests the SCRC’s new welding machine and Light Reactive Welding Helmet.

Join the club

Anyone interested in joining the SCRC is encouraged to visit a Duty Manager in Fort Grange, HMS Sultan, to learn more.

The club is open on weekdays, 1600-2100, and 1000-1600 on weekends. Membership costs just £15 a year.