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Air Cadets Go Navy Aboard HMS Bristol

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 youngsters from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron of the Air Training Corps joined a group of cadets from other units within the Warwickshire area for a weeks camp designed to give them an insight into life in the Senior Service.

HMS Bristol, a Type 82 Destroyer

The cadets were accommodated aboard the Royal Naval Cadet Force's Accommodation and Training ship HMS Bristol which is permanently moored at the HMS Excellent Naval base on Whale Island in Portsmouth Harbour.

The varied, interesting and very tiring programme comprised of visits and activities that were designed to give the cadets a totally different experience.  Cadets and staff alike all enjoyed visits to Action Stations with all its simulators, HMS Victory (Flagship of Royal Navy on which they even met up with Victory’s Captain Thomas Hardy), the multi million pound HMS Victory experience, HMS Warrior as well as a Harbour Boat Tour.

The cadets also attended the Fleet Air Arm Museum at RNAS Yeovilton, the Tank Museum at Bovington and the Solent Air Museum – thus covering the history of all 3 Armed services.  They also visited Fort Nelson (A Napoleonic Fort) and all also participated in a session of Laser Quest, where some real initiative was displayed! and an enjoyable session at a fun pool.

The Camp Commandant,  Sqn Ldr Bryan Coats said, " I am pleased to say that it’s been an excellent weeks camp with a multitude of interesting and valuable experiences for our cadets, and I am sure many of them will have fond memories to take home with them. I am also delighted to say that once again we have received so many complements with regards to the turnout and behaviour of our cadets."

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