2017 International Day at BRNC

  • Author: Nichola Aldridge
  • Date: Friday 21st July 2017
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International Officer Cadets attending military naval training at BRNC have recently taken the opportunity to showcase their country’s cultures, traditions, faiths and food.

The College is currently providing training to 104 Cadets from a variety of countries, who took part in the annual International Day on the College Quarterdeck, attended by BRNC staff and cadets. Those attending had the opportunity to sample some of the foreign fare that was on offer, including Arabic coffee, dates and cook meats. Captain Jol Woodard, was given the traditional honour of ‘cracking the skull’ with his bare hands before eating of the meat could begin.

Event organiser Chief Petty Officer Bill Amery explained how important International Day had become in the College calendar.  He said: “It is a great opportunity for my cadets to show how proud they are of their countries and cultures. We gave them special permission to wear their own traditional clothing or military uniforms for the day and the English Language department allowed them time during lessons to prepare their displays. It is vital to develop cultural understanding within the college community which results in a better learning environment and helps everyone to get along with each other.  I am immensely proud of them for the effort they have put in to make this day such a success.”

International training is part of BRNC’s core output.  Presently there are 50 cadets from 20 nations undergoing initial naval training alongside those destined for careers as Officers in the Royal Navy.  They come from Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belize, Egypt, Fiji, Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, UAE and Ukraine.

In addition, a group of 33 cadets from Albania, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Ukraine are receiving English Language training, while 21 from Saudi Arabia and Qatar are studying for degrees accredited by Plymouth University.

BRNC has conducted nine exchanges and visits this year to Chile, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Poland, and Spain. Other visits are planned to Brazil, China, Estonia, Greece, the Netherlands, Singapore and South Korea.

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