Navy

Coronavirus: RNAS Culdrose Produces 2,000 PPE Items

Sailors have been producing the face shields since the beginning of April in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Royal Navy personnel at RNAS Culdrose have produced more than 2,000 items of personal protective equipment (PPE).

The face shields, built using 3D printers at the Cornwall base, are being distributed across the southwest and will be used in the fight against COVID-19.

Warrant Officer Scott Barnett said the design for the shields has been shared onto other 3D printing machines within the Navy.

“I believe there are about six other innovation hubs and between the six of us, we are constantly printing now - since probably about the beginning of April," he said. 

Nearly 4,000 Armed Forces service members are deployed in response to the coronavirus crisis.

The military are currently helping to carry out coronavirus tests at 92 sites across the country, as well as supporting the ambulance service and delivering PPE.