Wow! What an absolutely amazing day.
On Monday 8 October 2018, Hawks and Trewortha classes left school at 8.15am and headed to Mount Edgcumbe. When we arrived we met with Royal Marine and Naval staff. They put life jackets on us all and we waited to board the landing craft.
Unfortunately, because the tide was going out, we were unable to go on the big landing craft, so we waited for the smaller ones to come and collect us. Once we boarded, we headed up the Tamar towards the warship, the HNLMS Johan de Witt. It was incredible as we turned the corner, we saw the magnificent ship with the helicopter on the back. The children were fascinated!
We then got to board the warship and had cookies and a drink; for lunch we were served hot dogs and chips, with a delicious lolly to follow.
After lunch we had a guided tour of the Dutch warship. The HNLMS Johan de Witt is a Landing Platform Dock (LPD) amphibious warfare ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy. We met the ship’s captain and saw the radars, the kitchens, bakery, gym, cells, hospital, dentist and hairdressers; the ship even has two operating theatres. Whilst we explored the top deck of the ship, the helicopter took off from the back; this was a highlight for many of the children.
It was an absolutely incredible day and a memory that will stay with us all forever! Many thanks to Mrs Maynard for organising this rare opportunity for us and to the Dutch crew for their hospitality.