Wattisham Gun Run team ready for Navy challenge

7 Air Assault Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers are doing final training for the annual Field Gun competition where a team has to haul a 2,000 lb field gun  and limber on June 1 at Portsmouth.   At Wattisham Airfield.

7 Air Assault Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers are doing final training for the annual Field Gun competition where a team has to haul a 2,000 lb field gun and limber on June 1 at Portsmouth. At Wattisham Airfield.

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Wattisham Army engineers battled the elements today in their final training session before taking on the Royal Navy’s Field Gun Run.

The 18-man team from 7 Air Assault Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (7 AA Bn REME) is the only Army unit to enter this years Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity Field Gun Competition on June 1.

7 Air Assault Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers are doing final training for the annual Field Gun competition where a team has to haul a 2,000 lb field gun  and limber on June 1 at Portsmouth.   At Wattisham Airfield.

7 Air Assault Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers are doing final training for the annual Field Gun competition where a team has to haul a 2,000 lb field gun and limber on June 1 at Portsmouth. At Wattisham Airfield.

The event, at HMS Collingwood in Portsmouth, sees teams haul a 2,000lb field gun and limber along an 85-yard course, fire six rounds and return to the finish in the shortest possible time.

And the battalion have a good track record as the only non-navy team winners of the event in 2005.

Today the team carried out their final training session in front of the whole battalion.

Sgt Terence ‘China’ O’Brien, who was part of the 2005 winning team, said he was confident this years team would put in a good performance.

He said: “We have a relatively new crew this year but have some strong young guys so should do well.

“I have got to say I am confident this year, even when training in the rain we are faster than any other year.”

Lance Corporal Matthew Clark is taking part in the event for the first time this year.

He said: “The rivalry is very important to us.

“We are the only army crew in the competition- essentially, the 18 of us are the army for that week.”