All guns blazing

26/5/12_CB'Action from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines field gun competition at HMS Collingwood.''Picture: Steve Reid (121842-546)
26/5/12_CB'Action from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines field gun competition at HMS Collingwood.''Picture: Steve Reid (121842-546)

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PORTSMOUTH Naval Base won back the coveted Brickwoods Trophy in a close-fought final at the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Field Gun Competition.

The naval base won the final at HMS Collingwood in Fareham in a time of 1min 19secs, narrowly beating last year’s winners HMS Heron. HMS Excellent came third.

26/5/12_CB'Action from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines field gun competition at HMS Collingwood.''Picture: Steve Reid (121842-570)

26/5/12_CB'Action from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines field gun competition at HMS Collingwood.''Picture: Steve Reid (121842-570)

Portsmouth team member Clayton Patilla, who also won the individual trainer’s trophy said: ‘I’m so proud of these guys.

‘There’s no better feeling than not only winning, but also doing it with the best time of the season.

‘We’ve got a couple of guys in the team who are leaving the navy soon, so to send them off with this is amazing.’

Collingwood’s commanding officer Commodore Mike Mansergh said: ‘This has shown the sheer determination, courage and commitment of military people from all around the world.

‘It all demonstrates how we are inspired by the way the way military operates not only today, but by the traditions of the past.’

Plate three winners were DMSTG, plate two winners were HMS Collingwood B and plate one winners were REME.

The competition is usually the main attraction of Collingwood’s open day, but the open day was cancelled after the worst April on record left the car parking fields waterlogged.