FOST sees preparations for MARL

  • Author: Nichola Winstanley
  • Date: Friday 24th March 2017
FOST sees preparations for MARL FOST sees preparations for MARL

Rear Admiral John CLink, Flag Officer Sea Training, spent some time during a recent visit to BRNC on the river with Officer Cadets ahead of their final assessed exercise titled Maritime Leadership (MARL). 

The cadets were operating in the twin-screwed picket boats on the River Dart as their final preparation for MARL, the pass or fail exercise which determines whether the cadets have reached the required standard to commission as Royal Navy Officers. 

MARL is an intense package of training which brings together everything the Cadets have learned. In groups of 12 they are assigned a picket boat and form part of a ficticious task-group sent on a stabilisation mission to a war-torn area, which has also been hit by a natural disaster. They live on the picket boats for four days and each Cadet gets a chance to be the Commanding Officer, when their ability to lead their team will be assessed by staff from the College.

Captain Jol Woodard, the Commanding Officer BRNC, said: "The visit by Rear Admiral Clink, wh has extensive Command and seagoing experience across many operational theatres was of enormous benefit helping the Cadets hone their skills before thier final exercise."

Those who successfully pass the upcoming assessment will earn a place on the parade ground for Lord High Admiral's Divisions in mid April.  

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