Year 7 Trip to HMS Argyll
Recently our Year 7 students boarded HMS Argyll, a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate visiting Kota Kinabalu for a few days as she nears the end of a nine-month tour of duty.
HMS Argyll is quite an old ship, recently refurbished, so there was quite a blend of “old” hi-tech rubbing shoulders with new, cutting edge technology.
Students were split into four groups, each guided by HMS Argyll personnel, and treated to a very informative tour of the ship, taking in the Bridge, the Control Centre, the engine control room, the various gun placements on the deck, as well as the ship’s helicopter. Access to these areas was gained through a bewildering array of cramped corridors and steep ladders, so it was quite a physical workout for our students.
Year 7 students had no shortage of questions to ask, from the scientific to the social, and they were particularly interested to hear about how the helicopter is used to combat modern-day piracy. Our students were excellent ambassadors for KIS, and were fulsome in their appreciation of the kindness of our hosts.