Royal Navy

Background

The Royal Navy Section is an important part of the RGSHW CCF; the absence of the sea nearby being no major handicap, as we have use of an excellent sailing facility at Dinton Activity Centre.

Two officers run the section. They are supported by visiting Officers and an area instructor from the Royal Navy. The most important component to running the section is the senior cadets, who choose to stay on voluntarily, without whom the section would not operate so efficiently.

Cadets are taught a balanced combination of seamanship skills (sailing and navigation techniques) in conjunction with 'green' soldiering and adventurous training.

Training Initiatives

We are always looking to improve our training methods and make the Navy training afternoons as fun and interesting as possible, so as a result we have included bush craft, survival skills and archery on the programme too.

Camps and Courses

RN Cadets are able to go on a vast range of courses funded by the Royal Navy. Last year cadets attended courses in Powerboat Training, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Leadership, Royal Marines Band and a central Summer Camp at HMS Bristol.

Our annual camps in the last two last years have included Fire Fighting, Sea Survival and the Phoenix Damage Repair and Instructional Unit, which is a mock-up of a flooding ship which rocks and rolls as cadets try to plug gaps in the hull using blocks of wood and hammers (the cadets have particularly enjoyed this one). We have also been trained on the Low Ropes course at the Leadership School, which was a great learning experience too.

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