Cadets view American behemoth in the Solent

CCF Cadets enjoy yachting and canoeing and see the USS Harry S Truman during an Activities Weekend

A group of Charterhouse CCF cadets was able to get a closer view of the giant USS Harry S Truman, which is anchored in the Solent. The cadets were piloting a Royal Navy motor cruiser from Portsmouth to Cowes as part of an activity weekend.

The ship – which is named after the 33rd President of the United States – is one the US Navy’s colossal Nimitz-class vessels, capable of carrying around 90 military aircraft.

In addition to motor cruising, the cadets' activities this weekend included yachting in the Solent and canoeing on the river Wey. The cadets stayed on board the retired destroyer HMS Bristol in Whale Island, Portsmouth and experienced life in a naval "mess deck". The Royal Navy section is an option for pupils within the wider outdoor education programme at the School.

Commanding Officer Cdr Tim Reynolds commented: "It is activities on the water such as these that lead to the enduring popularity of the Royal Navy CCF among Charterhouse pupils". 

Charterhouse cadets in the Solent with the USS Harry S Truman in the background

Charterhouse cadets sailing the Royal Navy yacht "Cornish Air" in the Solent

Charterhouse cadets canoeing

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