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Onboard HMS Echo

Ex FLOATING OWL - 10-12 May 2013

A group of 10 from 135 Independent Geographic Squdron RE took part in the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors (WCCS) Affiliates weekend on board HMS Echo over the period of 10-12 May 13. The weekend comprised of a tour of the ship, a competition and social activities. The WCCS affiliates on board were, 7010(VR) Sqn RAuxAF who are an RAF Reserve Unit that conducts intelligence at DGIFC and RAF Wyton and specialist crew from HMS Echo. The weekend focused on building relationships and understanding within the military Geographic Intelligence and WCCS community and to develop and improve ties in a fun environment. We joined HMS Echo for an open sea transit from Devonport to Falmouth.

Whilst aboard

We were given a tour of the Bridge, the machinery room, the ship's weapons and the survey room. Soon after the crew of HMS Echo demonstrated the on board fire fighting equipment which soon got wet and wild on the Quarter Deck. There was a practical demonstration of the life saving man over board suits and also improvised damage control techniques. This involved attempting to plug holes with wooden wedges with a face full of under pressure sea water. It clearly highlighted how difficult it would be to repair the ship for real. The accommodation for the duration of the weekend was aboard HMS Echo in Navy bunks which some found challenging. It was an excellent experience and a good opportunity to meet our Navy, RAF and civilian affiliates which everyone enjoyed.

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