CCF pupils visit HM Historic Dockyard Chatham
Last Friday, 35 CCF Navy cadets visited HM Historic Dockyard Chatham. The trip was full of fun activities and extremely informative about the Navy’s history. The heavy rainfall, ironically, added to the experience and gave the pupils a sense of what it was like to be a Navy officer at sea.
They started the trip by walking through the museum and looking at the many exhibitions which included several short films about the history of various ships, interactive activities (such as hammering a rope into a plank to simulate the shipbuilding process), and models of ships on display, which included HMS Hermione.
The youngest and oldest pupils in the group rang the bell on the ship eight times each to practice how New Year’s Day is celebrated on ships. Finally, they looked around HMS Ocelot, a decommissioned British Cold War submarine that was used for covert missions.
The pupils then visited the Ropery, which is the only one of the original four Royal Navy Ropeyards to remain in operation.
The visit cemented the pupils' understanding of the Navy.