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Visit to HMS Dauntless 2016

posted 10 Mar 2016, 13:07 by Zak Warren   [ updated 10 Dec 2016, 06:05 ]
Hard to starboard
Ellen MacArthur Troop was invited to visit HMS Dauntless, which is a type 45 air-defense destroyer in the Royal Navy. Once aboard we were given a quick safety brief as walking around a working ship has a variety of hazards. After that, we were ushered into a hanger to take a look at one of the ship's RIBs. This made many of the Scouts (and even a couple of Leaders) eager to upgrade 3rd Portchester's old RIB! 

We were then taken up to the bridge where we got to see how the ship is controlled. Several Scouts even got to sit in the captain's chair to issue orders. Then it was down to the command centre where the ship is fought from. We learnt all about the consoles and the different jobs people have during combat. Next we were taken to see the engineering control centre, where the crew could monitor the state of the ship and the output from the engines. We then visited the crew quarters to find out what it's like to live aboard a ship. 

Soon we found ourselves in the wardroom, where we took the opportunity to conduct an investiture. It was a unique way to enter a Scout Troop as not many people get invested on a working ship, especially one so new!