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Royal Naval field Gun Competition 1999 ( NOT the “last”)

December 27th, 2010


The “last” Royal Naval Field gun race, FAA versus Portsmouth. Note the black armbands. 108 years have passed, and Ladysmith belongs to the Zulu Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal. But the feat of the gunners from “Powerful” and “Terrible” has never been forgotten. ladysmith.kzn.org.za

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25 Responses to “Royal Naval field Gun Competition 1999 ( NOT the “last”)”

  1. comment number 1 by: DigbyCaballero

    I have never forgotten this heart-stopping competition. It was a travesty that it was ever abandoned. There is going to be a bit of a re-creation of this in a new military tattoo some time soon I think. Seeing it live is better than watching it on TV because television in those days just didn’t convey the amazing thumping and rattling of equipment as those bloody guns were manhandled over, through and around those obstacles.

  2. comment number 2 by: foyez5

    that was amazing!

  3. comment number 3 by: rzid

    @urizon41

    I had to give you an up in that I agree with what you said, but I want to give it a down in that it’s crying shame.

  4. comment number 4 by: MrKYTER

    I had the good fortune of taking part in a few a training sessions with Pompey down in their shed at Whale Island back in 1988/89,i was only 16,did the mud run with the sand bag round me neck…fantastic experience…Toughest sport in the world.

  5. comment number 5 by: urizon41

    I fear this cannot be saved. See, someone might be offended….Traditions, well sure but soon you will have new traditions and they wont involve anything like this. Instead there will be lots of praying on your knees facing a certain way…..
    The works we know is changing very fast, yes were efed.

  6. comment number 6 by: NapalmRiotSpaz

    That gave me chills.

  7. comment number 7 by: Akaoushi

    Compatitions like this are so much fun to watch, the skill and timing is impressive.

  8. comment number 8 by: Hvygunner

    @cawboybutterball10 I concur, this must be preserved.

  9. comment number 9 by: Ironic268

    Also are there any vids of the climbing of the mast (I know they stopped doing that too but I love it)

  10. comment number 10 by: Ironic268

    Bit of a random question but I went to The Last Run and remember a very appropriate and not very politically correct (thankfully) funny rant by Rowan Atkinson based on this subject! Bought the video and surprise it wasn’t on it-does anyone know if there any way of ever seeing it again-tried you-tubing it but no luck so far?? Love seeing the comments from the guys that actually ran it!!

  11. comment number 11 by: 2bsure

    This used to be the highlight of the year watching this at Earls Court, fantastic to watch. I wish they would still do it. Big respect to the Royal Navy Field Gun Teams, great post thank you

  12. comment number 12 by: KJT13

    @12matmoir Good on you Mate, proud of your service. I saw this at the Royal Tournament when I was a Lad, a tradition that should continue.

  13. comment number 13 by: jumpercollings

    This was the last ever run of the command field gun competition held at Earls Court.
    What they call field gun now use to be the old brickwoods field gun competition.
    Which is completely different, and some what easier.

    We were wearing black arm bands to mark the end of this terrific sport.

  14. comment number 14 by: jumpercollings

    This was the last ever run of the command field gun competition held at Earls Court.
    What they call field gun now use to be the old brickwoods field gun competition.
    Which is completely different, and some what easier.

    We were wearing black arm bands to mark the end of this terrific sport.

  15. comment number 15 by: NSKlad

    @12matmoir

    I watched this very tournament when I was younger… bloody fantastic

  16. comment number 16 by: gaz772u

    @hybridtechowns I ran as part of this last ever run…it was the saddest night of my 22 year career….and running the Field Gun were some of the proudest moment. The British Military Tournament is coming back to Earls Court this December, unfortunately the full Command Field Gunning you have seen will not be there but the young men of Wellington College will be running the same course but with a lighter gun and limber…they do so well, considering the youngest is 13 years old..only in Britian!

  17. comment number 17 by: gaz772u

    @incongra… I’ll gladly answer…I ran for the Fleet Air Arm 4 times including this Final Run. (and I still have all my fingers)! …Basically the Field Gun wasn’t directly stopped. It was the Royal Tournament which ceased in 99 and the gun crew was a casualty. The real problems with field gun is / was the lack of manpower, it was getting more difficult to release guys from units which were already short plus our overseas commitments increased the problem…..hope this helps

  18. comment number 18 by: Cloud6556

    @gaz772u
    Did they stop it because so many people were losing fingers and getting hurt?

  19. comment number 19 by: Cloud6556

    @12matmoir
    I didnt even know this existed, Jesus Christ it looks like it hurts O_O

  20. comment number 20 by: hybridtechowns

    this is intense, only the british could do something like this, and this is probably the toughest sport on the planet. simply amazing

  21. comment number 21 by: HelmutVillam

    @VIPvillas1
    news is that it’s being revived with a new tournament this December but I doubt it will live up to any of the previous ones.

  22. comment number 22 by: SciFlyGuy

    Well, it brought this grown man close to tears (and very few things do that). I have very fond memories of going to several tournaments with my parents and grandparents. I don’t think I’ll ever forgive the “then” government for allowing the Royal Tournament to be cancelled.

    With all the crap they wasted our taxes on they could have kept this going so the public would be able show their appreciation for our amazing armed forces… an appreciation that politicians clearly lack.

  23. comment number 23 by: ashthemainman2012

    i was there

  24. comment number 24 by: VIPvillas1

    A complete disgrace that this proud tradition was stopped. Politicians in this country are a disgrace. Back of the box Portsmouth 88 and 91. Ring a ding ding!!

  25. comment number 25 by: G4574

    I watched this as a kid and loved it now I’m in the team training on hayling island.Its the best thing I have ever done! Were keeping it alive we need your support.

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