Over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend cadets from 1188(Coalville) Squadron Air Training Corps joined with cadets from 1f (Leicester)Sqn, 422(Corby) Sqn, 1181(Syston) Sqn and 1461 (Wigston)Sqn and spent the weekend on HMS Bristol, in Portsmouth.
HMS Bristol is a Naval training facility , and is a Type 82 Destroyer it is permanently docked at Whale Island. The cadets had a full weekend. On Saturday cadets visited HMS Victory, Lord Nelson’s flagship from the Battle of Trafalgar, The Royal Navy Museum and had a guided tour of HMS Alliance, an Amphion class or Acheron class submarine. They went bowling in the evening.
On Sunday they visited Action Stations, a hands on museum where there were simulators, experiments and a climbing wall and in the afternoon they visited The Royal Marine’s Museum, they learnt about the history of the Royal Marines and the training process they go through to become a marine.
On Monday the cadets had a tour of HMS Edinburgh, the penultimate Type 42 Destroyer in the Royal Navy
they were shown around by young ratings only slightly older than themselves. They also visited the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, which was preparing for the 100-year celebrations of the Fleet Air Arm.
1188 Sqn Cadets at HMS Bristol
Flying Officer Rebekah Harrison RAF VR(T) said,” I was a really good weekend, it was an excellent opportunity to learn about the Royal Navy.”