On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Rear Admiral William Warrender CBE, Flag Officer Sea Training, inspected the Winchester College Combined Cadet Force.
The day started with a parade and inspection. With very little time to prepare for the parade, it was testament to the cadets’ hard work that the parade went so smoothly. Special thanks must go to Lt Cdr John Snoddon, without whom the high standard of drill would not be possible; his experience and good humour will be sorely missed when he begins to enjoy his well-earned retirement later this year.
After lunch the Admiral watched a demonstration of the Field Gun competition. The cadets involved showed impressive teamwork and physicality to move the gun over the 80-yard course. There was also an impressive range of technology on display; the new flight simulator and RAF section drone exemplifying the modern equipment used by the CCF.
The Army and Royal Marines section showed off their close quarter battle (CQB) skills by assaulting the complex stairwells in Flint Court and moving through a new training compound constructed of builders fencing. The leadership qualities that the CCF nurtures were clearly seen in the command and control required for CQB. Further diversity was demonstrated by the adventure training program. The kayaking and rock-climbing impressed the inspection party. In the background the RM Section worked hard at their combat swimming and water entry drills.
I would like to express my thanks to Rear Admiral Warrender for inspecting the CCF and to all those who contributed to a successful day.
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4th April 2019
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29th March 2019
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