Sea Training in the Bristol Channel

  • Author: Nichola Winstanley
  • Date: Tuesday 28th March 2017
Sea Training in the Bristol Channel Sea Training in the Bristol Channel

HM Ships Express and Charger, two of the P2000's assigned to University Royal Naval Units, welcomed 22 Young Officers (YOs) on board as part of their Initial Warfare Officer (Foundation) (IWO(F)) course.

They were given the chance to perform bridge roles in a live environment for which they have been training in a simulator. They were each given the opportunity to take control as the Officer-of-the-Watch and to perform real time chart work enabling them to navigate the ships in a safe and effective manner.


Midshipman Peter Tollinton said: "It was brilliant to get to sea and use the skills we have been learning in the bridge simulator we have at Dartmouth. It was also a great opportunity to refine those skills and conduct safe navigation in a way we had only seen on computer screens before. THe experience also helped us to gain better awareness of the 'Rules of the Road' and how they may affect us in our future roles as Officers-of-the-Watch."

On completion of their IWO(F) course Royal Navy YOs spend three months on an opeerational ship, known as basic fleet time. They return to sea for seven to eight months specialist fleet time further into their training.

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