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Fire exercise
in HMS Victory
A SHORT fire exercise was held
on board HMS Victory to test
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both firefighting and evacuation
will help in the heat
A party of 50 trainee sailors
from HMS Collingwood and
HMS Sultan were drafted in to
act as members of the public, and
in order to ensure the exercise was
as true to life as possible, none
of them were told thee nature of
THE British Armed
The ration pack has evolved over review of the ration and, in Association to identify suitable
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Forces are provided with
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The hour-long exercise
the risks
source ORP componentry that is supplements requirement.
included participation by
an operational ration pack
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Commanding Officer Lt Cdr
In the time before Operation Navy News goes digital
supplements, to be issued alongside as Pathfinder Troops who were
John Scivier said: “HMS Victory
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