Skip to content
Recruiting now.Explore navy careers

Albion's crew complete Tors of duty helping annual Dartmoor youth challenge

Albion's crew complete Tors of duty
The White Ensign 'flies' about as far as you can get from the sea in Devon as sailors and Royal Marines from HMS Albion set up a checkpoint for one of the country's biggest youth events.

Five personnel from the Devonport-based assault - due to go to sea in a matter of weeks as her refit ends - volunteered to support the Ten Tors Challenge.

Each spring hundreds of competitors aged 14 to 19 attempt 35, 45 or 55-mile treks across Dartmoor inside 36 hours, no small task given the terrain and often inclement weather.

Run by the Army since the late 1950s, the challenge receives considerable military support - providing safety and security for participants and serving as a good training ground, be it operating in the field or setting up forward bases.

The five Albion volunteers were assigned a remote checkpoint at Okement Hill, located high in the centre of the Dartmoor training ranges about half a dozen miles south of Okehampton.

I am delighted that my sailors and Royal Marines were able to play their part supporting the incredible accomplishments of all the teams

Captain Tim Neild RN, HMS Albion's Commanding Officer

The five-day deployment started at Okehampton Military Camp, with detailed safety and weather briefs, preceded by last-minute checks of equipment and supplies.

Teams then travelled to their temporary canvas 'bases' on the moor, by foot, road or Merlin helicopter from 846 Naval Air Squadron.

"I've never done this kind of event before," said LReg Wissam Orsali. "I was amazed by the enthusiasm of everyone I met. I wished I'd done it when I was younger."

Major David Grindel, one of the Army's safety management team, was grateful for all the help the RN and RAF provided.

"Quite simply, without volunteers from the Royal Navy and RAF, the Ten Tors wouldn't happen," he said.

"The team from Albion had no previous experience of Ten Tors but mucked in, worked hard and maintained a positive attitude throughout.

"They have the satisfaction that their efforts helped numerous young people successfully compete this difficult and rewarding challenge. I hope they are able to return in future years."

HMS Albion's Commanding Officer ,Captain Tim Neild RN added, "The Ten Tors Challenge optimises the very best qualities of the UK's youth. I am delighted that my sailors and Royal Marines were able to play their part supporting the incredible accomplishments of all the teams."

Related articles

Navy News Magazine

We bring you the latest news, features and award-winning photographs from the front-line. Navy News has been reporting on all that happens in the Royal Navy and its wider community since 1954.