Royal Grammar School


All Aboard!

All Aboard!

Our Navy section of the CCF were invited aboard HMS Example to sail out to sea and gain some insights into life at sea, being in the navy, and the Tyne riverside and Tyneside coastline. 

Oscar Black (Year 10), gives a flavour of what the CCF's afternoon with the crew of HMS Example was like:

'Myself and the rest of the RGS Navy section travelled to the River Tyne Police launch at Jarrow to sail out to sea on HMS Example, which is usually berthed at HMS Calliope, our affiliated base.

'After sailing down the river, passing the busy Port of Tyne and HMS Tyne (who was docked at the Port of Tyne, North Shields), we left the river mouth and powered towards Sunderland. On leaving the Tyne we were able to go the boat's maximum speed of 22 knots.

'Following a briefing on the equipment of the vessel and trying on the safety suit (as you never know when you might fall in...), we were allowed onto the ship's wheel and everyone was given a chance to perform some manoeuvres including figure-of-eights (opposite the mouth of the River Wear), and stopping on a command in a certain direction. 

'Once everyone had taken their turn, we headed back down the Tyne and docked again at Jarrow. Overall, the trip was insightful and enjoyable, plus, being given the opportunity to drive the boat was great fun.'

A huge thanks to all the crew of HMS Example for welcoming our navy section on board and taking good care of them during their trip. We hope there will be more opportunities like this in the future.