Naval trainees battle it out in sporting contest

TWO naval training establishments battled it out in a series of sporting activities.

Wednesday, 13th December 2017, 5:55 am

HMS Collingwood in Fareham and HMS Sultan in Gosport took part in The Battle of the Bases in a friendly rival competition with trainees challenging each other in games of football, rugby, female tag rugby, hockey and timed assault course runs.

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Taking full advantage of home turf, HMS Collingwood won the football, rugby, superteams and assault course events with the hockey clash ending in a draw. HMS Sultan triumphed in the female tag rugby event.

HMS Collingwood returned triumphiant and new captain Rob Vitali RN presented the trophy before both teams enjoyed a dinner together.

Leading physical trainer Sam Howard, who helped organise the event, said: ‘This fixture not only gives opportunities for those involved to play competitively but also an opportunity to showcase navy sport for both HMS Collingwood and HMS Sultan’s newest sailors.’