Junior field gunners shine at annual contest

HMS Collingwood Phase 2 Crew during a run at the annual junior field gun run competition
HMS Collingwood Phase 2 Crew during a run at the annual junior field gun run competition
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JUNIOR field gunners took part in a competition to see who could assemble and transport a 12-pound gun across a series of obstacles in the shortest time.

The annual contest was held at HMS Collingwood and saw 14 teams compete for the title.

The competition is similar to the full field gun event, held at HMS Collingwood’s open day on May 31, this year won by 7th Air Assault Battalion REME.

The junior competition is for new recruits to the armed forces, apprentices at major commercial organisations or college students, aged 18 to 25.

This year, in addition to the Armed Forces crews, teams competed from Network Rail, BAE Systems, the Princes Trust, Chichester College, the National Sea Cadets and Buxton College.

The 2014 winners were Network Rail A crew, who won the award for the fastest time. Their sister crew Network Rail B won the plate final.

The endeavour trophy, awarded to the crew who displayed the greatest improvement throughout the competition, was handed to Chichester College.

Assistant principal Sally Challis-Manning said: ‘For the students that take part, it’s a life changing experience. There’s huge pride.’

Guest of honour, Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral David Steel CBE said: ‘I have seen team spirit in abundance.’