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rydecombinedcadetforceRyde School Combined Cadet Force (CCF) visited their Naval Parent Establishment HMS Collingwood in Fareham for the first time this week.

Each CCF unit across the country adopts a parent armed force establishment with a view to providing cadets with a taster of the environment and careers within the military. The naval segment within Ryde CCF selected HMS Collingwood as theirs.

For their first visit 8 cadets from year 10, accompanied by the new Head of Section Lieutenant Kimberley Snow and School Staff Instructor Stuart Sale, as well as Area Instructor Chief Petty Officer George Scott, were treated to a filled programme which saw them visit the Royal Naval Leadership Academy (RNLA), Close Range Weapon Trainers (CRT) and the Bridge Simulator.

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Cadets spent the first elements of their visit developing their communication and team building skills on the low ropes course at the RNLA.  They then visited the CRT where they were given the chance to handle the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) and were put through scenarios to test their aim and accuracy.  Their visit concluded with a tour of the Bridge Simulator and a chance to be a Navigator.  They witnessed an Officer of the Watch at work on the Bridge and were able to drive a ship out of Portsmouth Harbour home to the Isle of Wight.

Head of Section Lieutenant Kimberley Snow said:

“For the students this has been great, they have really enjoyed the Close Range Weapons simulators and the low ropes.  They’ve had the chance to build their skills and further their knowledge.  I have only just taken over as the head of the Navy section and visits like this allow us to expand the opportunities for the cadets.  I’ve seen the cadets become more confident as the day has gone on, especially the girls.  They’re more involved and engaged.  From today’s visit it’s likely that more cadets will want to join the Navy on completion of their education.”

One such person who the visit made an impact on was Cadet JJ Hulford-Funnell:

“I have really enjoyed today, it has cemented my knowledge of the Navy and inspired me further to join upon completion of my A Levels.  I aspire to have a full naval career with hopes to reach Admiral.”

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HMS Collingwood is the home of the Maritime Warfare School which contributes to the operational capability of the Fleet by providing first class training to all officers and ratings of the Royal Navy in their professional specialisations which include, Weapon Engineering, Communications, and Warfare.  The training they receive is relevant,

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