HMS Sultan opened its gates to over 25,000 visitors over the Father’s Day weekend, for a fantastic programme of entertainment and activities at the HMS Sultan Summer Show. 

The visitors were able to enjoy a wide and varied programme of acts, which included stunts from motor cycle display teams Bolddog Lings (Saturday) and the White Helmets (Sunday) alongside the next generation of riders from local group The Gosport Tigers.

Also appearing in the main arena, were The Devil’s Horsemen Stunt Team who performed breathtaking Cossack and chariot racing and the main arena also hosted Field Gun Displays, a steam fayre and the Establishment’s own HMS Sultan Volunteer Band.

A Circus performed within it’s own Big top along with an unarmed combat displays from a team of Royal Marine Commandos and in a late addition to the scheduled programme for Father’s Day itself, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows gave a special flypast.

The HMS Sultan Summer Show aims to raise valuable funds for local and Service charities while providing an exceptional day out for the local community. 

Amongst those enjoying the Summer Show was Mrs Pauline Blubb, from Southampton who had come along with several generations of her family. Pauline said: “There are 18 of us here today all having a good time.” 

“As children, our parents used to bring us down to enjoy the Show, and now we are parents we bring our own. We really like the Show as there’s always a lot to do and it’s excellent value for money and our children always really love being here.”

The HMS Sultan Summer Show is the largest community event held by the Establishment throughout the year. The Show is preceded by a Charity Reception on the Thursday and a Children’s Party for disabled and disadvantaged children on the Friday. Captain Trevor Gulley the Commanding Officer of the Establishment said: “HMS Sultan continues to play an active part in the wider community and we are very keen for our local community to feel part of everything we do here.” 

“I am grateful to everyone who has come along to support us in our efforts, especially the Red Arrows who have added something extra to what was already an exceptional Show programme.  

“I am immensely proud of all of my personnel, both Service and civilian, who have made all of the events of the past 4 days run so smoothly. I know so many of those who attended the events will already be looking forward to next year.”