24th April 2017
As a CCF we are lucky to have an almost annual opportunity for Year 9 Recruit Platoon cadets and new Year 10 RN cadets to visit the Damage Repair Instructional Unit (DRIU) and the Fire Fighting School at HMS RALEIGH, Torpoint, Cornwall.
In order to be on time for an 0815 start on Wednesday, the visit starts the previous evening in the dedicated cadet accommodation, Conqueror Block, on the base. An early night is essential as 0600 is the time to get up, get tidied away and march to breakfast at 0630.
The first activity is the DRIU where cadets are trained to use timber, domes and hammers to stop water from pouring through holes in the bulkheads of a mock-up of a ship compartment which has been hit by a missile. Divided up into teams, the cadets then take on the challenge of putting their new skills to use but with the added hindrance of lowlighting, dry ice “smoke” and rising water levels to contend with.
This year there winning team were Josef Braeutigam, Jensen Ruan, both RN cadets, Joe Hill, Marcus Kaye, Nil Marcet, Freya Marney, Holly Robinson and Jonah Spence.
The photo show above Josef and Holly using timber to shore up their damage repair.