The CCF contingent enjoyed another full weekend (6-7 October 2018)
Royal Navy Cadets participated in yachting in the Solent and canoeing on the Wey, living about HMS Bristol in Whale Island, Portsmouth.
The RAF section visited Runway’s End Activity Centre for confidence building activities on high ropes, caving and climbing. They also visited the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum where they studied the development of air technology throughout the ages at the home of British aviation technology.
The Royal Marine Competition Team participated in the annual Sir Steuart Pringle Trophy Competition at the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone and came an impressive 11th place. This competition is particularly arduous and includes completing the infamous ‘Endurance Course’ one of the iconic Commando tests that all Royal Marines must complete in their final week of training before being awarded their green berets.
The remaining Royal Marine Cadets and the Army section travelled to Stoney Castle Training Area in Aldershot for a day of section level tactics where the young cadets were introduced to field-craft techniques and the NCOs given the opportunity to command and lead their sections. The day culminated in blank firing sections attacks incorporating the use of pyrotechnics and against an enemy provided by the regular army. The next day, all cadets were given the opportunity to qualify on the GP Rifle in a Classification Shoot.
For our new Army and Royal Marine Cadets, this was the first time they had live fired on the Service Rifle. Well over half of the boys passed this test, again a requirement of regular military training, with many achieving scores to qualify them as either First Class or Marksman shots. All of these achievements are testament to the cadets application and hard-work during the quarter as well as the expertise of their Training Team. Sights are now set on the next Activity Weekend in the Spring Term 2019.