14 Royal Navy cadets took the opportunity for some sea training on board HMS Trumpeter. HMS Trumpeter is a P2000 fast patrol ship based at Ipswich. The Captain and crew took the cadets out to sea and let them helm through a range of drill and scenarios showing the cadets the capability of the P2000. The cadets were either given the opportunity to helm the ship out of the Orwell Estuary under the Captains direction or to helm on the sea outside the Port of Felixstowe. HMS Trumpeter was opened up to full speed before the helmsmen and women were given different takes to undertake at 22 knots, which included an “emergency stop!”

Some of the cadets who attended have only been in the CCF for 3 weeks and have now been “in control” of and helmed a £20million ship. Two cadets were given the task of bringing HMS Trumpeter through the lock back into Ipswich Marina and to her berth.

Lt Kent RN and his crew were very complimentary of the cadets and their skills and enthusiasm, and our cadets were still smiling the next day. This was a great opportunity for all involved and hopefully the first of many for Langley School CCF RN section and the cadets.