Tournament for the Brickwoods Trophy
Sponsored by the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity
The historic Royal Navy Field Gun Tournament is sponsored by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. It is held annually at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, Hampshire.
The Royal Navy's Field Gun run is a very unique affair. Often named the "toughest sport in the world", it is a display of teamwork which only the dedicated few can ever aspire to take part in. To excel at this sport, team members need the explosive speed of a cheeta, the strength of a weightlifter, and the precision of a ballerina.
21 crews currently take part in the event each year, representing units of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines as well as the British Army and Royal Air Force. Each crew of 18 highly disciplined, motivated, and physically fit field gunners, must race down the track to assemble an antique field gun which weights the equivalent of a family car. They then drag it along, take it apart and reassemble it, chuck it in the air and fire it, before dramatically dragging the gun back over the finish line in just over a minute.
Competing for the prestigious Brickwoods Trophy remains a key aspiration for all units involved, and remains a strong and well supported event. The abolition of the annual Royal Tournament in 1999 has placed new focus on this spectacle, where courage, discipline, teamwork and leadership remain key components in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces today. The current competition is recognised at all levels of the Service as embodying and championing the physical and mental courage, discipline, leadership, and teamwork required as part of the moral component of operational capability.