|Abbey Wood Field Gun Team||
Go Beyond your limits...
Abbey Wood is the MoD Equipment Procurement and Support centre nestled on the outskirts of Bristol. It is home to 15,000 Royal Navy, Army, RAF and Civil Servant personnel who plan and implement the procurement of military equipment and administer through life support. Formed in 2003 the Abbey Wood Field Gun team has become the established Tri Service Field Gun Crew in the Armed Forces.
This year’s crew is a healthy mix of all three services. The team is lead by CPO Brian “Dinger” Bell, the Number 1 trainer. For the last few years Abbey Wood has competed with the highest average age of the competition, this is in large part due to the level of seniority required to hold a post within Defence Equipment and Support. This year has seen an influx of younger, fitter Field Gunners, ready to bring the fight to the parade ground of HMS Collingwood.
The crew has gone from strength to strength in the last four years, culminating in a 3rd place finish in the 2010 final. This recent progress would not have been possible without the dedicated support of the hard-working back room staff and of course the loyalty of our sponsors. Abbey Wood is proud to be associated with Debut Facilities Management, Xpedite and Selex Galileo.
Royal Navy Field Gun Tournament for the Brickwoods Trophy
The historic Royal Navy Field Gun Tournament continues to be held annually at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, Hampshire. 21 crews currently compete, although this is set to increase, representing units of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines as well as the British Army and Royal Air Force, and as such is well supported by senior ranks of all three Services.
Each crew of 18 highly disciplined, motivated, and physically fit field gunners, races to assemble an antique field gun and run with it, disassembling and reassembling as the competition requires, before dramatically dragging the gun home, maintaining the spirit of the Royal Navy’s contribution to the relief of Ladysmith.
Competing for the prestigious Brickwoods Trophy remains a key aspiration for all units involved, and remains a strong and well supported event. In fact, the abolition of the annual Royal Tournament in 1999 has placed new focus on this spectacle, where courage, discipline, teamwork and leadership remain key components in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces today. The current competition is recognised at all levels of the Service as embodying and championing the physical and mental courage, discipline, leadership, and teamwork required as part of the moral component of operational capability.
Source: Royal Navy
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