HMS Bristol – By Cdt Cpl J Chapman

HMS Bristol  Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th October


HMS Bristol is a Type 82 Royal Navy Destroyer moored at Whale Island, Portsmouth.  She was decommissioned in 1991 and converted into a training and accommodation ship. She hosts a number of youth organisations throughout the year, and the Air Cadets is one of them.

Places are limited, and myself and cadet Benjamin Gee were lucky enough to get one.  The camp included some 80 cadets from all over Dorset and Wiltshire Wing. We were accommodated on board  and were split into flights – one of which I was given the responsibility over.

On Friday, we went to the Bovington Tank Museum, spending the day looking round tanks from the past, present, and future. We leared about the specifications of different tanks, significance and roles they had/have to play in conflict. We even found the tank used in the film ‘Fury’, as well as props used in its production.

Come Saturday, we visited the Mary Rose Museum (the first time out of its case), HMS Victory – Admiral Nelson’s Flagship and the oldest commissioned ship in the Royal Navy, as well as ‘Action Station’ (an interactive exhibit on the modern Royal Navy) and finished off the camp with a film at the cinema nearby. The camp, though short, was very instructive and everyone gained something from the experience.

Both me and cadet Gee met a number of friends from previous camps, as well as making new ones. We both look forward to applying to go on the same camp again next year.


Cpl Joseph Chapman 878 (Highworth) Sqn

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