Navy staff help to turn the tide on plastic

The crew from HMS Collingwood down at the beach. Picture: Lt Cdr Leonard
The crew from HMS Collingwood down at the beach. Picture: Lt Cdr Leonard
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A NAVAL base has taken some time away from the world of maritime training to help make a difference in the surrounding area.

Military and civilian staff from HMS Collingwood in Fareham – who were joined by around 30 junior warfare officers currently training at the Maritime Warfare School – took on a beach clean last week.

The crew split into two teams, each starting from Hill Head Sailing Club; one group went east, while the other went west along the beach towards Meon Shore.

Six miles of ground was covered during the beach clean, with plastics and other waste collected by the teams.

Event organiser, Lieutenant Commander Tom Leonard, said: ‘The idea came from a discussion about the state of the beaches and creeks in the area with Lieutenant Commander Adam Egeland-Jensen who often collects rubbish while training in the waters.

‘Between us we decided that as there is a large pool of manpower at Collingwood and we could go some way to help tackle the problem.

‘We have an inherent responsibility as professional mariners to help keep our beaches and oceans clean. It was unfortunate to see so many of the small plastic items such as cotton buds, straws and bottle caps littering the shoreline but the team worked hard.’