BBC Countryfile film at BRNC

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  • Date: Friday 4th June 2010
BBC Countryfile film at BRNC BBC Countryfile film at BRNC

On a glorious Saturday morning the production team from the BBC Countryfile programme visited Britannia Royal Naval College to learn about the maritime elements of training that take place on the River Dart. They were putting a piece together to commemorate the D-Day landings of 1944 and the tragic story of Operation Tiger at nearby Slapton Sands which is to be broadcast on June 6th.


Presenter Matt Baker was known to a number of the New Entry cadets on the river that morning from his time as the ‘action man’ presenter on Blue Peter. Matt was incredibly interested in all the cadets were doing and amazed to hear about their varied backgrounds before joining the RN.


A small three man crew from the Initial Warfare Officer Course took the 4 man team out onto the river in a Picket Boat which allowed Matt to try his hand at some basic ship handling and then they transferred to a motor whaler in order to perform a ‘man overboard’ drill.


Commander Jeff Short, the Training Commander at BRNC, spoke to Matt on board Hindoustan explaining the importance of the maritime training environment available at BRNC.  Commander Short commented “The cadets were so enthusiastic when they spoke to Matt that the whole production team went away with an incredibly positive impression of BRNC and the RN. We are hoping they might come back to film other facets of our training and its relevance to the wider countryside”.
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