Cadets Experience Life At Sea

  • Author: BRNC
  • Date: Thursday 14th March 2019
Cadets Experience Life At Sea

Cadets from Britannia Royal Naval College witnessed flying operations and a man over-board exercise during their time at sea on board HMS Duncan.

The group of 19 Cadets have recently returned to the College from their six-week initial sea time during which they were embarked on the Type 45 destroyer. They joined the ship in Portsmouth Naval Base where she was preparing for a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean.

The Cadets conducted watches on the bridge, the ship’s communication centre and the operations room.  They were involved in flying operations, scouring the flight deck for debris that could interfere with the safe operation of the aircraft.  They experienced a ‘day in the life’ of the marine engineering and the weapons engineering departments.

During their time on board the Cadets also witnessed the Ship’s Company take part in numerous exercises to test their ability and ensure they remained at the top of their game, including intruder defence exercises, fire-fighting and mechanical breakdown drills.

Initial sea time is designed to give the Cadets a taste of life at sea and the opportunity to see how the various departments on board the ship work together to achieve operational capability.  Another group of Cadets spent time onboard the Royal Navy’s new Aircraft Carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, while others joined the Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender.  

Having returned to the College the group are now preparing for their final maritime assessed leadership exercise, which will take place on the River Dart.  During the four-day exercise, which starts on Monday 1 April, the Cadets will live on board the small picket boats acting as a fictional task group, operating on a stabilisation mission.  Other military assets, such as helicopters, will be brought in to take part in the exercise to add to the realism.

Over the course of the four-days each Cadet will get the chance to act as the Commanding Officer of their boat when their skills will be assessed by College staff.  Those who successfully pass the exercise will earn their place on the parade ground for the next passing-out-parade later in the month.


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