This last week, not that long after returning from Afghanistan, an 854 Squadron Seaking has spent the last few days visiting schools in the North of England, so I thought a word of thanks wouldn't go amiss. The crew set themselves a busy visits schedule & I had the pleasure of being the "man on the ground" at a couple of the schools they visited. In short, they were absolutely superb. I've no doubt the long-term career aspirations of many young people are now firmly focused on the Royal Navy in a variety of trades for many years to come. Whilst it's appreciated that there's no shortage of applicants to join the service at present, the long-term effect of such visits, particularly at this time when we seem to see a lot of negative publicity in the press, is definitely money well spent. Many thanks to all concerned.