Last Monday I had two new experiences; the first being on board a Type 45 Destroyer, the HMS Diamond, and the second was filming with the Royal Navy.

Heading off at 6.30am in a massive Skoda estate was quite a challenge, but after a few hours of driving and pulling into the Royal Navy base it began to feel like it would be quite an exciting day.  After meeting the film crew, director and rest of the e3 team who were already at the base, we set off overloaded with equipment.

The ship (never to be called a boat) HMS Diamond was huge – its 150m in length and has a huge beam which is 21.2m. The HMS Diamond is an advanced class of guided missile destroyer built for the Royal Navy, which means it’s specifically designed for anti-aircraft and anti-missile warfare. This was apparent by the huge Naval Gun on the forecastle with the sign ‘Danger turret may train without warning’!

The filming was spread across two days with the objective to produce four interviews for the Royal Navy Engineers campaign and website. The films were developed as key pieces of content to sit on the website and promoted across social media with the focus of engaging potential recruits. The overall aim to provide more information on why the recruits choose engineering as their career choice with the Royal Navy as well as outlining their progression and journey since joining.

On the whole it involved a lot of outdoor filming before having to manoeuvre through the depths of the ships to get the cutaway footage. Not an easy task with camera, photographer, sound equipment and three extra bodies that need to be escorted at all times. Everyone at the Royal Navy was professional and accommodating as ever and team were in high spirits throughout the shoot.

Alongside this we photographed more campaign content in the format of ‘My Kit’ images. The idea behind ‘My Kit’ was to provide a snapshot of someone’s life in the Navy. It showed a collection of items, both personal and tools, from the individual recruits we were filming to tell a bit of a story about life on the ship. When the recruits turned up with their kit stocked with fancy dress items including a blonde wig, tanning oil, a fishing rod and a Hawaiian shirt we realised that life on board the ship wasn’t all work.

Luckily the sun shone all day allowing us to get some brilliant footage - although so much so that we all ended up with sunburn. A highlight being the red necks and white tan lines where our security lanyards had been. As well as an impressive t-shirt sun tan line ‘that a 13-year-old boy would be proud of’ as quoted by Darragh Field, our Project Manager.  I managed a deep shade of purple from holding the reflective disk all day and inadvertently shining it on myself during the breaks.

Overall it was interesting to do something a bit different, get out the office and seeing our strategy and planning in action. We are really happy with the outcome, with the added benefit of being briefed to create some more films from the footage and some additional short pieces for social media.

Check out the video of Marine Engineer Officer Beth below, the Royal Navy Engineering site here and look here for some more of our work with the Royal Navy