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The Lord Dannatt Round Britain Challenge

In 2017 we launched the ‘Leading Forces’ project, funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds, to help young people and Service Personnel (who may be injured or in transition from the Services) to work together on-board our ships to gain confidence and life skills as a member of our incredibly diverse crew. Delivered over a 3 year period on-board our ships from mid-2017, the ‘Leading Forces’ project will provide opportunities for 240 Service Personnel and 240 young people.

As part of this, in August 2018, 48 injured Service Personnel and 96 young cadets will embark on the ‘Lord Dannatt Round Britain Challenge’ (named after our newly appointed Military Patron). Lord Nelson will be embarking on an epic series of voyages around the UK to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Calling in at each capital city along the way, ‘Nellie’ will be crewed by Cadets, Soldiers and Veterans. At each port, a special parade will take place as the crews change over and collect one of four parts to a permanent memorial. This will be laid at the Tower of London, where the voyage programme will finish and final parade will take place.

The Lord Dannatt Round Britain Challenge (#LDRBC) will not only be a unique and compelling memorial to those who gave their lives in the 1914 – 18 war, but will also remind us of the ongoing commitment of many to public service.

We hope you will join and support us along the way. If you know a Cadet, current or former member of HM Forces who would like to take part, we would really appreciate it if you can pass on our message. This video has further information about the trip and you can also email


If enrolled in our ‘Leading Forces’ programme between 2017 and 2020, Service Personnel (whether active, retired, injured or in transition) could receive up to 75% bursaries towards their voyage! All who take part in the ‘Leading Forces’ programme will be asked to complete a short pre-voyage survey before their trip, and will work closely with a young person (aged 16 – 25) whilst on-board. When they return (from wherever the voyage may have been – not just the UK!) they will be asked to complete a post-voyage report in any format.

If you are, or know of, a member of the Armed Forces and would like to know more information, why not give us a call on 02380 426849, or email

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