Nuneaton based Air Cadets from the 121 Squadron hung up their wings for the weekend when they boarded the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Bristol.
The Royal Air Force Air Cadets and staff from the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing of the Air Training Corps have just returned from a weekend camp at the Royal Naval Base at Whale Island Portsmouth. For the land loving Air Cadets this is a totally different experience to visiting an RAF Station, the main difference being that they were all accommodated on board HMS Bristol, a Type 82 Destroyer, which meant that triple deck bunks and limited space together with numerous ladders, were a real challenge!
The varied, interesting and very tiring camp programme covered numerous visits and activities that were designed to give the cadets an in depth view of life in the Royal Navy during their action packed weekend.
Cadets and staff alike enjoyed a visit to Action Stations with all its simulators and the laser quest where the cadets displayed some real initiative in their attempt to get one over on their staff. The cadets also visited HMS Victory (Flagship of the Royal Navy), the multi million pound HMS Victory experience, the Royal Marines Museum and Fort Nelson (A Napoleonic Fort). To complete the maritime experience the cadets went on a Harbour Boat Tour during which they saw some of the Royal Navy’s latest front line ships.
The Camp Commandant Flt Lt Chris Parry said, "This has been an excellent weekend camp with a multitude of interesting and valuable activities for our cadets, I am sure they will all have many exciting experiences to remember. Once again our cadets were praised by many of the places visited as to their behaviour and turnout.