Big Guns compete at HMS Collingwood

Aquila was proud to sponsor the British Forces Cyprus (BFC) Field Gun Crew that competed in the Annual Field Gun Competition at HMS Collingwood, near Fareham, on Saturday June 1.  The event was just one part of the Annual Open Day at HMS Collingwood which this year celebrated the Era of Engineering.

The origin of the Field Gun competition is linked to episodes in the Boer War, in particular the epic 119 day siege of Ladysmith in 1899, where the gallant defenders were helped enormously by the arrival at the very last minute of special guns and carriages improvised by Captain Percy Scott of the cruiser HMS Terrible and later dispatched on HMS Durban.  Captain Scott went on to establish the first Field Gun Competition – which sees teams simulate what it took to bring a naval gun into action during the march to Ladysmith – with the first event taking place at the Gunnery School, Portsmouth in 1900.  In 1974 the event moved to HMS Collingwood. Originally only open to teams from Portsmouth, now 18-strong teams from all over the world compete in the championships.

BFC is the UK’s most easterly Mediterranean military footprint. It encompasses all three services based within RAF Akrotiri and several other military bases. The sponsorship of the team is part of Aquila’s agreed Marketing Communications Outreach Plan for 2019 which has seen us sponsor events at bases where we have a presence.

Chris Trippick, Head of Communications and External Affairs, said “ it is really important that we continue to raise our profile and at the same time support the communities in which we operate. It is the right thing to do and will continue to be part of our approach going forward.”

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Nicola Denbigh