The latest trip showcases exactly how our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) offers fantastic opportunities and takes youngsters to places that they otherwise wouldn’t have access.

22 of our Year 9 and 10 Royal Navy cadets made the journey down to Portsmouth, where they stayed on Royal Navy cadet accommodation ship HMS Bristol in Portsmouth harbour. Incredibly, the ship was a flagship in the Falklands war.

The next morning, the group was split into two and went on board HMS Ranger and HMS Exploit, P2000 patrol vessels, travelling across the Solent strait, between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, in up to two metres of swell! Our cadets took turns at steering the vessels, reaching 20 knots.

Back on shore, pupils took on a tough HMS Collingwood Obstacle Course, including scaling cargo nets, keeping their cool in a pipe crawl and facing a very challenging rope swing over water. From there they changed into a dry set of clothes and travelled home after a tiring but truly unique experience.

A big thank you to the Commanding Officers and crews of HMS Exploit and HMS Ranger who made the trip so enjoyable, and to the Area Instructors who supervised the Obstacle Course at the Royal Navy Leadership Academy at HMS Collingwood.