Rear Operational Group (ROG) 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles recently visited Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Despite having a busy schedule, we have successfully managed to organise a visit to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. It was a day educational visit, followed by a messing in the evening back in Sir John Moore Barracks. Portsmouth has lots of heritage, which includes HMS Victory (the world’s oldest naval ship still in commission with 240 years of service), Mary Rose Museum, HMS Warrior and National Museum of Royal Navy.
Initially, we went to HMS Victory as a group and visited the site. Once the young members of the team, to those, which was a first educational visit after Recruit Company, are confident enough on finding the information of their interest then we divided into small groups and visited other heritage sites.
The last phase of the day visit was the Emirates Spinnaker Tower. We met up at around 1400hrs and looked the entire Portsmouth heritage sites from 170m tall tower. It was a great experience to stand in a clear glass and look down as well as walk from that height. It was challenging for those who are scared of height. Everyone felt some uneasiness at first but after the first try, they all enjoyed the glass walk. Not forgetting our KAIDA, once we returned to Shorncliffe then we finished our programme with a delicious messing, which was prepared by Corporal Saroj and his team.
This educational tour has benefitted directly and indirectly on various aspects of members. Apart from learning a lot about the history and naval heritage of Portsmouth, it has given everyone a chance to spend some time together as well as build a stronger team bond.