Bo’ness pupils nuclear trip

Pupils from Bo'ness primary school visiting HMS ARTFUL.
Pupils from Bo'ness primary school visiting HMS ARTFUL.

Photo: Thomas McDonald / Royal Navy

The pupils of Primary 7 had been involved in a project to write applications for their dream jobs and their teacher Kim Davidson sent these on to potential 
employers.

Pupils from Bo'ness primary school visiting HMS ARTFUL.

Pupils from Bo'ness primary school visiting HMS ARTFUL.

Craig Murray wanted to be a naval engineer and his letter impressed the Royal Navy so much that an invitation was sent to Craig and his classmates to visit the naval base at Faslane on the Clyde, home of the UK’s Submarine Service.

The young people, along with teacher Kim and Craig’s mum, Carol Ann, visited Artful, the latest Astute Class attack submarine to arrive at Faslane, joining sister boats 
HMS Astute and HMS Ambush.

Artful arived from the construction yard at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria only in August and is currently undergoing sea trials before entering service in the spring 
of next year.

The pupils were able to tour the submarine’s operational and living spaces during their visit, including the galley and bunk areas, giving them first hand insight into working life on board the 97-metre vessel where conditions are confined but comfortable.

Before leaving, lucky Craig, pictured above, was presented with a navy hat and a model ship, and his classmates received gifts of pens.

Teacher Kim Davidson said: “This was a fabulous day out for all the children and a great opportunity. I think it will be true to say that Craig is more enthusiastic than ever about being a naval engineer. We are very grateful to everyone at the base for their welcome to the pupils.”