Collingwood Field Gunners challenge the 12 Pounder Cup

The strength, teamwork and determination of the Royal Navy were on display at HMS Collingwood yesterday (Wednesday 30 May).

Collingwood Field Gunners challenge the 12 Pounder CupThe two establishment Field Gun Crews competed against each other in a thrilling build up to the annual Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity Field Gun competition to be held on Saturday 2 June 2018.

In a prelude to the main competition, the A and B crews challenged each other for the 12 Pounder Cup.

In front of an audience of personnel from the base who cheered on their crews, and of course some of their opponents who were already on site for the main event, the fast and furious competition took place and resulted in a win by A crew in a time of 1 minute 23.44 seconds.

We’re confident that we can compete at the highest level and we’re aiming to keep the Brickwood’s Field Gun Trophy here at Collingwood in 2018

Lieutenant John Davies RN, HMS Collingwood's Field Gun Officer

Lieutenant John Davies, who is the Field Gun Officer for both crews, "Both Crews have put in a huge amount of effort throughout the season; both in the gym, and on the track, and today it all came together in the 12 Pounder Cup Competition.

"‘B’ Crew produced their fastest run of the season so far and ‘A’ Crew have put in another fast, penalty-free, time. It was a fantastic performance today and both should be proud of what they have achieved so far.

"We’ve had excellent support from everybody here within HMS Collingwood, along with great support from all our Sponsors. We’re confident that we can compete at the highest level and we’re aiming to keep the Brickwood’s Field Gun Trophy here at Collingwood in 2018.”

Join us on Saturday for the finals of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity Field Gun Competition and HMS Collingwood Open Day. For more information visit our website at www.royalnavy.mod.uk/Collingwood-Openday