Our school are affiliated with HMS Bulwark.
Members of the ship’s crew hold fund raising events and donate the proceeds to The Friends of Durham Trinity School.
We have also been visited by working parties consisting of crew members who have carried out various repair and maintenance jobs in school including:
- Relaying block paving
- Clearing up leaves
- Installing outdoor equipment
Below is an message from Lieutenant Dave Campbell (2 October 2016)
After leaving Durham and Sunderland we enjoyed our summer leave. We came back at the end of August and started our preparations for the Joint Expeditionary Force (Maritime) (JEF(M)) Deployment by exercising off the South Coast of Devon. We also embarked a large amount of stores to make sure we had enough food to see us into the Mediterranean.
The ship deployed on the 12th September and met up with HMS OCEAN to transit south into the Mediterranean and meet up with other ships of our task group. The ship had her first stop in Gibraltar which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and we did the traditional Rock Race to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar, as you can see by the photo a lot of people entered into the spirit with some fancy dress. In Gibraltar we met up with the rest of our task group and sailed east to our first Exercise Albanian Lion. On the way we took some nice photos of us all together and allowed us to practise our ship handling. We are currently off the coast of Albania where the exercise is underway it will be a busy few days for the Ship’s Company but on completion we are heading to Rhodes for a bit of down time before we go through Suez and into the Gulf.
Please click on the link below to read about the latest visit to school
Our Visit to HMS Bulwark
Last term, ‘Troop Merlin’ of Durham Trinity Scouts went on a fantastic visit to HMS Bulwark where they had an opportunity to experience what life is like on a Naval Warship. Troop Merlin had a full tour of the warship including the bridge; the weapons control room and a spot of lunch on the warship’s flight deck. Also, Troop Merlin met serving crew members of both the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines including an exclusive interview with Commander Chris Saunders. Troop Merlin had a list of questions prepared covering everything from food to fitness on board HMS Bulwark and the Commander gave a thorough insight into the ship, its history, its weaponry, its capabilities and just what life is like on board for our brave servicemen. Below, we have accumulated an outline of the responses given to Troop Merlin during our interview with the Commander of HMS Bulwark. Feel free to listen to the full interview on the school website.
SHIP: HMS Bulwark is based in Plymouth. The ship is 10 years old, having been commissioned in 2003. The boat has a top speed of 18 knots but normally sales at 12 knots. The ship can travel up to 300 miles a day. HMS Bulwark is the fleet flagship. The ship has diesel engines.
CREW and TOURS: The ship can be at sea for 4 months but they normally carry supplies for up to 9 months just in case they get tied up in a conflict or out at sea. HMS Bulwark has 350 crew members and 90 assault squadron Royal Marines.
Officers do 2 year stints on each ship whilst crew do up to 4 years on each ship. The longest serving crew member on HMS Bulwark was a Royal Marine and he had been on board for 8 years having fought in conflicts all over the world! The Commander has been on board for 6 months so far on this tour although he had been on HMS Bulwark in the past. The Captain has been on board 8 months.
WEAPONRY: We have personal weapons on board for each crew member such as pistols and rifles. There is the ‘goalkeeper’ huge cannon on the front of the ship which is used to bring down missiles and assault long range targets. The 22 mm cannons are the huge machine guns based on the side of the ship.
FOOD: In the past the food has not been of the highest standard but they have made a lot of effort to improve things including a new chef. The Commander was a staunch believer in good food as it improves morale amongst the crew.
EXERCISE, FITNESS and RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES: For exercise they have an excellent gymnasium and they run around the flight deck to improve cardiovascular fitness. In their spare time they have cinema showings, quiz nights, the bar and different board games.
TRAVEL: In his career of 17 years in the Navy, the Commander had been lucky enough to visit Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, The Arabian Gulf, Norway and the USA to name but a few. Enjoying the adventure of travelling the world is part and parcel of being a member of HMS Bulwark.
Fundraising Rowing Challenge
On Saturday 8 September 2012 teams from HMS Bulwark, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service and School met in Durham Market Place. It was a glorious sunny day and team members rowed on static machines to raise funds. This was a lovely three-way event and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
William the Bear
In November 2011 Miss J A Connolly presented the Captain of HMS Bulwark with a teddy bear named William. Please click on the links below to read about his latest travels.
William the Bear – Dock Ops
William the Bear – Sports
William the Bear – Suez Canal
William the Bear Blog – Action Stations
William the Bear Blog – August 2013
William the Bear Takes Part in Some Sporting Activities
William the Bear Visits Denmark
William the Bear Visits Goa
William the Bear Visits Norway
William the Bear Visits Poland
William the Bear’s Blog – February 2012
William Visits the Bridge
William Visits the Dentist
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