18 NAVY NEWS, MARCH 2011 Sultan
CLUBS, societies and sports at HMS Sultan set out their stalls to attract new members at the establishment’s ‘Freshers’ Fayre’. The annual event was held in
business were the RN ice hockey squad, the gliding club, war gamers and the Locost car club, as well as the more traditional pastimes such as football, cricket and rugby. The event raises awareness of the
the Brunel Gym this year, allowing trainees and other personnel to try out the new climbing wall. Amongst those touting for
opportunities available to Service and civilian personnel at Sultan and in the wider Portsmouth area, and also acts as a shop window for Navy sports associations.
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HMS MONTROSE’S last deployment was in the sweltering heat of the Somali Basin. Her next is to the chilly waters of the South Atlantic. So what better preparation for the transition than a cold late January day at Dartmouth and some exercises to get the mind and body warmed up? The Type 23 frigate sent teams of potential leading hands for practical leadership exercises in the grounds of Britannia Royal Naval College. Four main departments –
Montrose leads off
Marine and Weapon Engineering, Warfare and Logistics – were represented as the teams tackled a series of problems, from saving a stricken pilot from a tree surrounded by quicksand to safely moving drums of chemical waste to clear a helicopter landing area. “We wanted to give our more junior leaders the chance to learn outside of the normal working environment,” explained the ship’s CO, Cdr Jonathan Lett. “A day such as we have
experienced here is of benefit across all levels with respect to both individual and team development.” If sailors are to progress through the ranks they must complete leadership training to prepare them for the roles and
● A stricken ‘pilot’ is rescued from a tree surrounded by quicksand (well, that’s what the team members in dark blue claim they are doing...)
Picture: Lt Cdr Duncan Humphery (HMS Montrose)
responsibilities expected of them. PO Adam Cowling,
organised the day, said: “It is good to get out of the ship to discover our strengths and potential weaknesses.” LS Simon Thorne said: “It
was so cold, that added an extra challenge for us. “We were routinely working in
35°C before Christmas – this was quit a shock to the system.” And while
recognised that the day was excellent preparation for his forthcoming leadership course, fellow ET(ME) Tom Stockton “would prefer to do this in the summer months...”
The idea to visit BRNC for
the day came from WEO and Command Leadership and Management sponsor Lt Cdr Mark Jones, who said: “To be able to bring 24 of the ship’s company across to the excellent facilities at the College for a bespoke day’s training is just brilliant.” A return visit, to try the new High Ropes course, follows soon.
Navy Museum is up for prize Helping Hans at BRNC
AN innovative film project has put the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth in the running for the inaugural Clore Award for Museum Learning.
The museum’s project, Face to Face: Documenting experiences of conflict,
primary school pupils and veterans exploring the impact of war. The pupils worked closely with 12
veterans, including those who saw service on Atlantic and Arctic convoys,
Falklands and the Gulf War, researching and interviewing them before being trained to film and edit a series of vignettes which have been given public screenings. And that has put the museum on the
Clore Award long-list, pitting it against nine others including the Courtauld Gallery in London in the hunt for the £10,000 top prize. The short-list will be announced on
May 19, with the winner declared on June 15.
A GROUP of cadets from the German equivalent of Dartmouth have spent two weeks alongside their Royal Navy colleagues. The 18 from Marineschule Mürwik lived and worked alongside officer cadets at BRNC, joining in both classroom-based work – including a lecture on ship stability – and the Basic Leadership Development exercise for new-entry cadets.
Their second week was fully focused on leadership training as a group, including
three nights camping out to learn the basics of fieldcraft and survival skills, something in which the Germans do not receive training.
And having gone through the discomfort of the ‘wet/dry’ routine, putting on soaking wet clothes, the visitors were quite pleased to be heading back to Flensburg in northern Germany rather than gearing up for four days on Dartmoor.
On leaving, the visitors presented a book about the centenary of their academy.
RN bangs the drum for tattoo
THE Royal Navy will be strongly represented at this year’s Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo. The event, on the evenings of
May 12-15, celebrates the Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday – and the Duke is Captain-General of the Royal Marines, who will play a large part in proceedings. There will also be a special
tribute to the Royal Navy’s legendary Field Gun competition. The tattoo will end with a spectacular firework display on the Sunday night. Tickets to the tattoo are now on sale, and ticket holders will also be able to enter the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which takes place at the same venue during the daytime. The horse show, one of the largest of its kind in the UK, features more than 200 shops and a food and drink festival. For tickets, priced between £25 and £65, call the box office on 0871 230 5570 or book online at www.windsortattoo.com
Big day out
PORTSMOUTH Historic Dockyard is joining forces with the Spinnaker Tower and Gunwharf Quays shopping centre to offer a Big Day Out for local residents. For those who can produce evidence that they live in a PO postcode, there will be 50 per cent off the cost of entry to the dockyard and the tower on March 12-13, and special offers and discounts at many restaurants and shops.
Isle of Wight residents will also
receive discounted travel across the Solent with Wightlink and Hovertravel. For more information on the discount weekend see www. portsmouthbigdayout.co.uk
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