Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) Field Gun Competition
(Formally: Royal Navy Brickwood's Field Gun Competition)
In 2008 the Maritime Reserves entered the Royal Navy Field Gun Competition for the first time. This was our fourth consecutive year and the competition is now firmly fixed in the Maritime Reserves Calendar.
The Royal Navy Field Gun Competition continues to be held annually at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, Hampshire. Crews currently competing represent units of the Royal Navy & Royal Marines as well as the British Army and Royal Air Force and as such is well supported by senior ranks of all three services.
Each crew is made up of 18 highly disciplined, motivated, and physically fit field gunners, races to assemble an antique field gun and run with it, disassembling and reassembling as the competition requires, before dramatically dragging the gun home, maintaining the spirit of the Royal Navy’s contribution to the relief of Ladysmith.
Competing for the prestigious "Brickwoods" trophy remains a key aspiration for all units involved, and remains a strong and well supported event. In fact, the abolishment of the annual Royal Tournament in 1999 has placed new focus on this spectacle, where courage, discipline, teamwork and leadership remain key components in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces today.
The Old "Brickwoods" Trophy
The current competition is recognised at all levels of the Service as embodying and championing the physical and mental courage, discipline, leadership, and teamwork required as part of the moral component of operational capability.