It was a really good experience but it was quite tough, much harder than I thought. When you’re in the Combined Cadet Force you read about it but I’ve never seen anything like this before.

Cadet Selvan Senthilkumaran

Here the cadets were shown the 4.5" Mark 8 Gun whilst Petty Officer (PO) Alan Bates explained the mechanics of the gun and how the 37 kilogramme rounds were fired.

The Cadets experienced more hands-on activity when they moved onto the Automated Small Calibre Gun (ASCG), sitting in the firing seat as PO Bates demonstrated its state-of-the-art computer controlled aiming system.

Cadet Selvan Senthilkumaran said of his time sitting in the firing seat, “It was a really good experience but it was quite tough, much harder than I thought. When you’re in the Combined Cadet Force you read about it but I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

The groups also visited the Close Range Training Simulator where they tried their hands at firing from the deck of a ship using the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG).

Speaking of their visit, Cadet Bethany Brown commented, “Being on the Base is very special and watching the sailors parade at divisions was really cool.  It fills me with a sense of pride that you’re part of something much bigger. Ultimately I want to join the Royal Navy as a medical officer.”

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