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14 NAVY NEWS, JULY 2009
● The Devonport
team practises for the
Brickwoods event
Picture: PO(Phot)
Sean Clee
Pompey bang
on schedule
THEY came from far and wide to Picture: Cpl Al Marsh (RAF)
compete – but it was a team from just
along the road who took the honours at
the Brickwoods field gun competition at
HMS Collingwood.
Part of Fareham training establishment’s
annual open day, the competition – sponsored
by VT Flagship – drew 22 crews from around
the UK and beyond, the overseas elements
being those from Naples and Gibraltar.
All three Services, plus the civilian cohort,
were represented among the 18-strong
crews.
But it was Portsmouth Naval Base (two
crew members pictured celebrating, right) which
took the honours, beating their closest rivals
from the Army by less than a second.
Some teams managed to get a good
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run-up to the event, an offshoot of the
Inter-Command competition which was
acknowledged to be one of the toughest team
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sports in the world. Others didn’t.
HMS Raleigh, for example, practised hard
in their spare time from the beginning of April,
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though they failed to break into the top six.
The Maritime Reserves, training at the
‘hot off the press’
home of gunnery, HMS Excellent on Whale
Island, were hamstrung by the fact their
crew had civilian jobs to do, and they only
and make a saving of £5.40 per year (UK)
had two weeks to familiarise themselves with
the gun and learn how to trundle it up and
down the course – their pride and spirit were
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rewarded when trainer, CPOPT Penberthy,
won the Endeavour trophy for overcoming
the greatest adversity over the season.
By contrast, Devonport fielded a mix of old
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who started fitness training in March and
received their gun the following month.
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The top teams were: 1, Portsmouth Naval
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Base (1m 21.35s); 2, REME (Army) (1m
22.07s); 3, HMS Seahawk (1m 26.56); 4,
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HMS Sultan A (1m 30.53s, 3s penalty); 5,
HMS Heron (1m 33.97s, 3s penalty); 6,
Abbey Wood (1m 35.97s, 6s penalty).
More than 6,000 people attended the
open day, enjoying live music, a funfair and
displays as well as the gun competition.
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