YOUNGSTERS took on the armed forces in the Royal Navy Junior Field Gun Competition.
Crews aged 16 to 25, raced to dismantle, move, reassemble and fire the guns in the shortest possible time.
The competition took place at HMS Collingwood, Fareham, in front of several hundred spectators, including team members’ friends and families.
Students from Highbury College’s Prince’s Trust team and one from Bognor Regis combined to field two crews.
They spent four days training under the direction of the Royal Navy in order to reach the standard required to compete on the day.
Despite one wheel falling off half way through one of the runs, the Highbury crews achieved a personal best time but narrowly missed out on making it to the final races.
Sharon Carroll, who is leader of Highbury College’s Prince’s Trust team, said: ‘It was an extremely tiring week but all team members thoroughly enjoyed it and every single one of them demonstrated enormous effort and commitment.’