Commodore Charles Montgomery Royal Navy
Welcome onboard HMS Collingwood and to an exciting day of competition and fun! I hope that you will really enjoy our Field Gun Competition as you meet my Officers and Ratings and have a chance to see HMS Collingwood Open Day. The prime aim is of course to raise money for local and naval charities, which this year includes Seafarers UK and The Stubbington Ark RSPCA, who benefit from your generosity.
Our principal event is the RN Field Gun Competition â€“ with the prestigious Brickwood Trophy for the winners. This challenging contest has been running for nearly a century and we have military crews from across the country and abroad taking part. Fast and furious you will see races designed to test courage, stamina, discipline and teamwork of those taking part â€“ and the winners will be able to truly call themselves the â€œbest of the best.â€
Do take the opportunity to see the other displays and events on board. We are privileged to have the White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team, The RN Raiders Parachute Display Team and the Royal Corps of Signals Band, to name but a few.
Finally, many thanks to all our sponsors who have helped to make the day a success. Have a great time, enjoy yourselves and please do help with our local charities â€“ every contribution counts towards those in real need.
Saturday 10th June 2006