30 NAVY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 1990
FOR FLEET AIR ARM
Victorious gun crew
THE all-conquering Fleet Air Arm crew swept the board in the centenary Royal Tournament Field Gun competition at Earls Court.
HMS Daedalus-based Fleet Air Arm gunners became the first team to win all five trophies in the same year — and to culmi- nate a superb achievement the
HALF an hour before the Brickwood field gun final, HMS Nelson crew member CK Dino Browning leamt that his wife was about to give birth earlier than expected. But he judged it beautifully, delaying his departure to help
NELSON'S GREAT EXPECTATIONS
made a clean sweep of the competition, held at HMS Colling wood, winning the Brickwood Trophy, the aggregate plate and the Jubilee Portsmouth Cup. They also won the award for fastest time of 1.21.9, achieved during the final, in which HMS Sultan came a close second. For Nelson it was a sweet day as the last time they won a major
Nelson win the final — and then making it to the hospital to witness the birth of his daughter 40 minutes later. As briefly reported last month, the Nelson crew pictured right,
trophy in the contest was 1960, when the establishment was RN Barracks, HMS Victory. Capt. Bill Dainty, from the Royal Engineers, who is based at Gunwharf, scored a first for the Army by competing in the compe- tition for the Nelson crew — and collected the fastest time CUD.
Danae sails to southern waters
Led by Lieut. Tim Holl, the
Volunteer Cadel Competition (yCC) was also won by the ju- nior Daedalus crew. Return to Daedalus by the victorious crews was marked by the ship's company "clearing
lower deck" as the men, haul- ing limbers and guns, marched into the base to warm applause. The salute was taken by the captain of Daedalus, Capt. Ri- chard Langton, himself a for- mer field gunner.
well to come a close second. Devonport said farewell to
The Portsmouth crew ran
CPO PT Mervyn Cooper, who had been involved in eight Field Gun competitions since he was 19 in 1969.
Results: Inter Command Points Cup Floct Air Arm
29. Portsmouth 24. Dewonporl 17 inter Command Aggregate Time Cup
Fleet Air Arm 46 mms. 1373 sees. Porls mouth 47 58(M. Devonporl 502776 Faslesl Time Cup FAA 2 mms 45 5 sees Pussers Rum Trophy, leasl number of
penalties FAA 59. Porlsmoulh 66. Devon porl 157
Copenhagen Cup, B Crew competition Recruiting is starting to find
the 1991 Portsmouth Field Gun crew. Pre-season training starts at Whale Island at 16.45 on September 18, and every Tuesday and Thursday follow- ing. For further information contact CMEM(L) Patilla, first trainer, on Portsmouth Naval Base ext 25814 or 25130.
The 100th show was the most successful in the history of the Royal Tournament, achieving a record attendance level of 320,496 and thanks must go to members of the public who donated £2,109.45 to the King George's Fund for Sailors on the Royal Navy static display.
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THE Exocet Leander-class frigate HMS Danae has emerged from a prolonged period in yard hands to become fully operational again and head for South Atlantic patrol.
week dry-docking and defect rectification period in January last year, a series of me- chanical and hull defects forced her to remain in the yard for 15 months. But, thanks to ster- ling efforts by all concerned, and the dedica- tion and hard work of the ship's company, the Danae successfully completed a short trials schedule before arriving at Portland for basic operational sea training. After leave and work-up at Portland, the fri- gate, commanded by Cdr. Nick Holden, sailed
Having entered Devonport for a routine six-
year old frigate, now in her third commission, is due back at Devonport in time for Christ- mas. Before that, however, it is hoped that many wives and girl friends will meet up with the ship at Antigua in the Caribbean.
south to relieve HMS Avenger. Ports of call included Gibraltar, Funchal, Dakar and Ascen- sion Island. Following her South Atlantic patrol, the 23-
• HMS Danae is seen at speed off Portland during sea training.
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