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Company and Camaraderie Made for Top Shooting Day!

This year’s Fleet Air Arm Charity Shoot at Purdey at the Royal Berks on 5 June was a great success raising over £26,000 for the Charity. But it is not always the size of the bag that matters! It was one of those days when the company, the camaraderie and the friendship of those we shared the experience with, made it truly exceptional.

With guest guns from Sweden, USA and France the sense of togetherness could not have been more apt for the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, and as the Swordfish flew over in D-Day invasion markings, there was a real defining moment of gratitude and appreciation.

The setting, the shooting, delicious sausage rolls, and highly sociable lunch was greatly enjoyed by all, and the photos afterwards said it all – everyone had a smile on their faces!

Rear Admiral Anthony Rimington, Director Force Generation and Rear Admiral Fleet Air Arm was guest of honour, and Commodore Stu Finn, Commodore Fleet Air Arm, was guest speaker. It was also a privilege to have two teams from the F35 Lightning Force, 809 NAS The Immortals and 207 Squadron with us too.

The competition was as fierce as ever, with Top Team going to Record Breakers, led by Navy Wings Director Flight Operations, Alistair McLaren. Top Man was Emil Sohrab, but by the narrowest of margins, with Luke Knowles barely one clay behind him!  Inspirational display pilot and Britain’s first woman Aerobatic Champion, Diana Britten was Top Lady, and The Glorious 12th went to ‘Wingsy Baby’ led by Chris Darwin. Peter Wilson Olympic Gold shooting champion also joined us for lunch.

Rear Admiral Anthony Rimington, Director Force Generation and Rear Admiral Fleet Air Arm

Top Team Record Breakers

Top Man Emil Sohrab

Top Lady Diana Britten MBE

So close Luke Knowles!

Every year we receive invaluable support from our Sponsors. They help cover our running costs and donate auction prizes. A huge thank you to Harvey Soning and James Andrew International for sponsoring the baseball caps again this year, to Clays, Laithwaites Wines and Downton Distillery for donating super auction prizes and to HR Owen for supporting the event with a stunning Aston Martin and donating a great auction prize for the Ambassadors’ Ball in November.  The Shoot wouldn’t be the great day that it is without them!

It was clear this year, that our naval aviation heritage has a special meaning to many of those who entered teams or joined as us non shooting guests and the generosity shown by everyone was overwhelming.

“It was a great day, lots of fun, good sportsmanship and a shared love of old aeroplanes” said Navy Wings Trustee, Tim Manna. “The Wasp flying in was superb too and the day stood out as another fabulous event for the Charity.”