Civic heads go on tour of HMS Collingwood

BRIDGE Enjoying the visit
BRIDGE Enjoying the visit
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A NAVY base has played host to some very important visitors.

Civic guests from across the area went to HMS Collingwood, in Fareham, to see its training facilities.

Each year the Mayor of Fareham invites civic heads from neighbouring authorities to tour Fareham. This year Mayor of Fareham Cllr Susan Bayford took the guests on a special tour of HMS Collingwood.

Cllr Bayford regularly visits the establishment and has chosen the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity as one of her charities of the year.

The Mayor and civic heads were welcomed by Commander Andy Phenna, executive officer, and given an overview of training undertaken at the Military War School.

Lieutenant Commander Adam Northover gave a comprehensive brief which, together with the demonstration, thoroughly impressed the visitors.

Mayor of Gosport, Cllr John Beavis, who served in the Royal Navy until 1999 including times at the former HMS Dryad, was particularly impressed.

Cllr Bayford said: ‘I was delighted to take my guests to HMS Collingwood where they had the opportunity to visit the bridge and the small arms simulators.

‘The bridge simulator was particularly exciting as the demonstration included HMS Queen Elizabeth, the aircraft carrier currently under construction.

‘The guests were very impressed with our visit and we were delighted that the Commanding Officer, Captain Steve Dainton could join us in the wardroom for tea and cream scones. I am very grateful to Captain Dainton for his hospitality.’