A NATO team from Allied Joint Force Command in Naples are training hard in a bid to grab the top gong at this year’s Royal Navy Field Gun Competition at HMS Collingwood in Hampshire.

The field gun competition is more than 100 years old and a huge part of Royal Navy tradition, but what do the international recruits think of the event? Wing Commander Stephen Walton said:

"I think they're all slightly bemused when they start off and don't quite understand why we're hoofing a hundred year old canon up and down a track."

The international team is made up of British, American, German, Spanish, Turkish and Italian troops.

 
Royal Navy​ Field Gun Competition in Naples

A NATO team from Allied Joint Force Command Naples - JFCNP are training hard in a bid to grab the top gong at this year’s Royal Navy Field Gun Competition. The international team is made up of British, American, German, Spanish, Turkish and Italian troops. Last year JFC Naples took home the Endurance Plate, and this year they are hoping to smash their fastest time of 1:28” Listen to Forces Radio BFBS on FM, online or via the free app etc... Apple > http://apple.co/1NPLjVw or Android > http://bit.ly/1TZFixd British Army Royal Air Force royal navy 7

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Last year JFC Naples took home the Endurance Plate, and this year they are hoping to smash their fastest time of 1:28”.

During the competition, each crew of 18 field gunners races to assemble an antique field gun and run with it, disassembling and reassembling as required, before dramatically dragging it back to position.

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