Fifty ratings and two officers of the Royal Naval Fleet Air Arm will go to America next month to demonstrate the Navy's traditional Field Gun Competition - a feature of the Royal Tournament since the beginning of the century.
GV. Fleet Air Arm team start action pan to first obstacle men swing from quickly erected pole, pan to third obstacle.
SV Wheels and Gun parts swung to ramp.
SV Pen from ramp to ramp with men swinging across with gun section
SV Wheels swung to ramp. Men pull ratings with gun section.- other ratings pull more men with gun section - assembled gun pulled away.
SV Ammunition trailer pulled over ramp
SV Gun away followed by trailer
SV Team place gun in position, fire 3 times.
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Background: Fifty ratings and two officers of the Royal Naval Fleet Air Arm will go to America next month to demonstrate the Navy's traditional Field Gun Competition - a feature of the Royal Tournament since the beginning of the century.
The Fleet Air Arm-record holders for the Navy's annual competition with a time limit of three minutes nine point eight seconds - have been invited to appear at International Fairs in Portland (Oregon) and San Francisco, where they will take part in 'London Week' parades.
The drill involved in getting one-and-three-quarter tons of field gun, ammunition and equipment across the difficult 220 yard obstacle course demands utmost fitness sand split-second team work. The three-stage race represents an advance across rough ground, bringing the gun into action against the enemy.
In the first stage the crews run from start line to 'home wall', over which gun and limber is passed. Then a run to the 28 ft wide gap representing a 'bottomless chasm'. A high wire is rigged across the 'chasm' and gun, limber and men are carried across on a pulley-sling. Re-assembled, the gun is rushed to the 'enemy wall', where it is again stripped and passed through a two-feet wide gap, put together again and brought into action. Second stage represents a withdrawal across the 'chasm', high wire unrigged, and a rearguard action 'fought' with the reassembled gun piece. Third and final stage is the run home where the gun is passed through the 'home wall' and over the finishing line.
Involving all three principal Naval depots in the United Kingdom, the annual tournament provides the greatest competitive sporting interest in the Royal Navy.. next to the English soccer Cup Final. Each day of the tournament a signal is sent to every ship and establishment giving results and time of previous day's performances.