The Royal Navy shoots to win at the Inter-Services Long-Range Championships

Storyline: Shooting

The Royal Navy hosted the 2023 Small-bore Long Range Shooting Championships, held between the Royal Navy, Army, RAF, Police Sport UK (PSUK) and the English Shooting Union (ESSU).

Held annually at the Bisley, this event sees two matches between the tri-services and a combined service match against the ESSU.

This year, the Royal Navy sent a team of 9 Members: experienced shooters and new up and coming members who have recently joined the group.

The event on the first day saw the individual match and finals. Each service got two shooters into the finals, consisting of 8 finalists, with S/Lt Theo Dodds and Lt Neil Umpleby representing the Royal Navy. 

The second day of the event saw the team matches and the UK Armed Forces team vs ESSU and PSUK, in which the Royal Navy managed to get SLt Theo Dodds and Lt Neil Umpleby in the team, with LAET Nunan as a reserve.

The UKAF team beat the Police team and narrowly lost to the England team. The Royal Navy team finished 2nd in the Inter-service prone matches.

Despite the weekend seeing challenging shooting conditions, S/Lt Theo Dodds shot consistently strong scores, winning multiple medals and trophies and retaining several from the previous year. An outstanding achievement with the experienced competition present.
The weekend was a success, seeing its members represent the Royal Navy and reach the finals and the UK Armed Forces team.
This closes an excellent year for the team, and now they look forward to the next season starting in March 2024 with the Short Range Championships.