At 12 noon on Saturday 27th August at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, one of two 4.5” Guns will be fired on HMS Cavalier – the Second World War Destroyer. This is the first time any of her guns have been fired since 1972! The Heritage Naval Gun Crew (volunteers), who will be firing the gun – albeit with blank rounds – have been working closely with The Historic Dockyard this year restoring the A and B mountings plus the 4.5” Mk IV guns which were built during the Second World War.

Martin Oxley, Crew member and also a locomotive driver on the North Yorkshire Steam Railway said; “We are really looking forward to firing the Gun next Saturday. As a group, we offer a huge array of skills including Rolls Royce and Royal Naval engineers, restorers, an excellent administrator, a master painter, a blacksmith, to name but a few! It is this mix of different but complementary skills, dedication and our experience of working together as a team which gives us the rare ability to achieve extraordinary results in a remarkable short time at minimal cost to museums. Both mounts are capable of firing and it is envisaged that a salvo of six rounds will be fired in full action rig. The B mounting now elevates through its full range with ease and trains fully to port and starboard with the same ease. The breech operates well and all points have been restored to working condition. Due to our collective years of experience, we can give safe public demonstrations of these weapons – you should be able to hear Cavalier’s gun being fired from quite a distance!”