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Over the May Day Bank holiday weekend Cadets and staff from 121 Squadron joined up with cadets from 12 other units from the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing as took they to the water and spent 3 days on board HMS Bristol at Portsmouth Naval Base. This ship was the Flagship of the Falklands Task Force and although now no longer on active duty is available to the cadet forces to use as an accommodation and facilities centre for the local area. As such cadets and staff were in strange surroundings and some in triple bunk beds for the first time - and having to live as the senior service do - in quite cramped but functional mess decks.

The cadets as usual rose to the challenge and underwent our normal weekend programme, visiting Action Stations and their simulators, HMS Victory, (Flagship of the Royal Navy), the Royal Naval Museum , and the Royal Marines Museum . They also visited Fort Nelson - a Napoleonic fortress build to protect Portsmouth from the French - which it did as it never had to fire a shot in anger!.

The Camp Commandant Sqn Ldr Bryan Coats said "As usual our cadets maintained the high standards we set on board HMS Bristol and also in the highly popular tourist areas around the various museums. It was not a surprise to have some far eastern tourists taking many photos of the cadets as they marched exceptionally well through the heart of the Royal Navy - truly bringing the light blue footprint to places where it is not normally on view. They did the Wing proud."

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