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44 NAVY NEWS, AUGUST 2009
● The Marine Society and Sea Cadets team practise their start during one of the training days at HMS Collingwood
Pictures: Keith Woodland (HMS Collingwood)
Junior leaders are all fi red up
A TEAM of 22 volunteers
from the Marine Society and
Sea Cadets, supported by
four Royal Navy volunteers
from HMS Nelson, gave up
a week of their time to pit
themselves against one of the
toughest sports in the world.
The youngsters left their
schools and colleges around the
UK, including Jersey, to form the
first MSSC field gun crew.
They had their work cut out
from the very start, as the first
time they met was when they
pitched up at HMS Collingwood
in preparation for the Royal
Navy’s Junior Leaders Field Gun
competition.
The crew was led by Lt Cdr
(SCC) Victoria Marson RNR,
Headquarters Staff Officer Physical
Training for the MSSC, while
WOPT Ian Binks, Physical Training
● The MSSC team and trainers line up for the camera
and Recreation Officer for HMS
Nelson, was the No 1 trainer.
gruelling course. everything that the Corps is all
The young team got their first
But it all paid off when the about.
chance to examine and handle the
crew managed to post a personal “This competition is challenging
field gun at the start of an intensive
best time of 1m 30.9s which, and fun, and relies on teamwork,
four-day training programme at
although not a winner, was still a courage, a sense of duty and the
which new skills and teamwork
respectable effort against the other pursuit of excellence – all the
had to be learned while flogging
13 crews which had members aged qualities we instil in our young
● Team members make a fl ying start
themselves up and down the
between 16 and 25. people.
Capt Jonathon Fry, Captain of “They have competed alongside
Sea Cadets, said: “This is the first young Servicemen and women
time that the Sea Cadets have and have done brilliantly well this
taken part in the Junior Leaders week.
Field Gun competition, and it is “I am immensely proud of
a fantastic opportunity to display them.”
● The fi eld gun competition demands high levels of fi tness and
energy (above) combined with precision and teamwork (left) to
ensure a safe and successful run
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