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HMS Raleigh Deployment for CCF

Posted at 10:57 am on 18th July, 2023

Royal Navy Experience for Cadets

On Saturday 1st July, Wellacre’s cadets deployed to HMS Raleigh in Plymouth for an exhilarating and inspiring 5-day residential, accompanied by Contingent Commander Baker and SSI Ward 

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The naval establishment welcomed the 24 CCF cadets for a full roster of activities including a day with the Royal Marines, sailing and powerboating, a DRIU/FF drill (Damage Repair Instruction Unit and Fire Fighting) and a low obstacle course.

The most anticipated activity was the DRIU and FF drill, tackled by some of Wellacre’s cadets last year. The DRIU is a sinking ship simulation where groups of cadets must fix hull damage with pegs to prevent the ship from ‘sinking.’ Under the instruction of a Marine leader, the exciting activity encourages leadership and teamwork. 

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The cadets then carried out a firefighting drill, which was a simulation of how to extinguish a fire using the correct extinguisher methods for specific fires. 

Mohammed, Year 9, said:

“The DRIU was a thrilling experience and the firefighting was a significant skill to learn.”

The visit also included work experience and marine training with a Royal Marine Coxswain, the helmsman given charge of the boat's crew. 

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There was also a cadet trip to go aboard HMS Courageous, a decommissioned nuclear submarine, where cadets heard from  two submariners about the layout of the submarine and what life would have been like onboard during WW2.

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Oliver, Year 8, said: 

“The submarine visit was intriguing. It was unusual how they lived under the water for 90 days at a time and it was also interesting how the submarine functioned and how the submariners stayed healthy for that period of time.

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The assault and obstacle course involved climbing walls and use the correct technique to cross a high rope, without falling off! Teamwork was key in encouraging others to scale high walls and leadership was important in creating a plan to complete the course. The activity tested everyone's physical and mental robustness as well as communication skills which were essential.

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Ethan, Year 9, said: 

“This was a challenging activity which took me out of my comfort zone. I've never experienced a more physical and mental challenge!” 


SSI Ward, said:

“This is the second naval residential for cadets and it was a great success and experience once again. Wellacre’s cadets were exemplary in their conduct and attitude throughout the week, tackling some fantastic challenges and learning about naval life and work.”

Cadet Reporter - Bradley, Year 10

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