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Navy Exercise Training and Teamwork

Posted at 9:13 am on 17th November, 2021

CCF Cadets Learn from Naval History

On 14th October, during Wellacre’s co-curricular P6 programme, the CCF cadets took part in a naval exercise, racing to transport a field gun and equipment across the school yard.

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Wellacre’s cadet team welcomed Chief Petty Officer Urie from the Royal Navy CCF liaison team, who delivered the field gun training.

The senior cadets learned about the origins and traditions of the field gun, including how it has been carried and assembled on the battlefield since 1899, in the Second Boer War.

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As well as being an activity which celebrates Royal Navy history, it is also an effective exercise to promote teamwork, communication and fitness.

Senior cadets embraced the opportunity to train and carry out the exercise, improving throughout.  They completed a personal best time of 1 min 10 secs. 

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These cadets then welcomed our new recruits in Year 8 and presented the field gun exercise. 

Senior Staff Instructor Ward, said:

“All our cadets thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity.  They learned some invaluable naval history and seized the fantastic hands-on experience!  Everyone gave it their all and worked hard as a team to improve each attempt at the full exercise; special mention to Year 10 Charlie who gave 110% throughout.”

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The Field Gun exercise featured in the Royal Tournament until 1999.  The guns are brought in and, after a short march around the arena, are cleared for action and one round is fired. Both wheels are shifted. The guns are then taken round the arena at the double and advance in close order, reversing twice in close order, they then wheel into the centre and salute.


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