Panorama May 17, 2013
The NATO Field Gun Team puts on a public run at Allied Joint Force Command Naples Headquarters. (Photos by Christine Wingate)
NATO Field Gun Team Prepares for UK Competition By Lindsey Waudby, Field Gun Public Affairs
The JFC Naples Field Gun Team made last minute preparations at various venues through Naples, Italy last week in advance of the Royal Navy Royal Marines Field Gun Competition in the United Kingdom next month. Military personnel and their dependents had an opportunity to view the team’s public runs at the Agora Hotel, the JFC base in Lago Patria and at the U.S. Navy Support Site base in Gricignano. The team has spent the past three months training. “We have all worked so hard to put the team together, despite the demands of a busy multi-national HQ,” said Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer Steve Waudby, the team’s top trainer. “To be cheered on
by our comrades and families is real recognition of that.” At Support Site, the Naples Military Harley Chapter and fire crews formed a Guard of Honour and led the Field Gun Team from the fire station to a nearby parking lot. “It was such a boost that at the public run at Gricignano we achieved our fastest time to date of 1 minute, 44 seconds,” said Waudby. “Now we need to get to the UK, reduce that time even further and do our very best to bring home some silverware.” The one-ton gun, hauled during the team’s runs, has been packed up and is now on its way to the United Kingdom. The Competition will be held at HMS Collingwood on June 1. The team is scheduled to depart Italy next week.
The NATO Field Gun Team marches from the Support Site Fire Station to the Commissary parking lot, May 4.