Visit to Irish Naval College

  • Author: Nichola Winstanley
  • Date: Friday 12th May 2017
Visit to Irish Naval College Visit to Irish Naval College

Five Young Officers (YOs) from Britannia Royal Naval College visited the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) in Ringaskiddy, Cork, recently. The visit was to further enhance the relationship between the two Colleges and to learn how the Irish Cadets learn their trade.

During their visit the YOs carried out a range of training activities including sea survival training and time in the Damage Repair Incident Unit. Using the bridge simulators, they carried out both coastal navigation and pilotage exercises and enjoyed some adventurous training on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry.

The YOs from BRNC had all just finished their Initial Warfare Officers (Foundation) (IWO(F)) course and had been selected for this opportunity based on the strength of their performance throughout training. Midshipman Craig Barrie was amongst the group and said: “I thought the whole experience was really beneficial. The Irish Defence Forces work closely with the RN so the visit is a great tool to encourage bilateral cooperation.”

Not only did the YOs see how their Irish counterparts train but also enjoyed the opportunity to discuss their respective training pipelines and career aspirations.

The NMCI teaches the Irish Officer Cadets all their navigation, damage control training and seamanship. The college is a modern facility built in 2005, with 360° and 270° bridge simulators in addition to three smaller bridge trainers, and is a civilian-military partnership training facility.

BRNC Staff Officer, Lieutenant Paul White who teaches navigation in the College accompanied the YOS on their visit. He said: “This is now a well-established training opportunity with the Irish Naval Service. NMCI’s bespoke facilities are fantastic for development and our YOs hugely benefit from the additional navigation exercises whilst forging new friendships with their peers in a neighbouring Navy." 

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