This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
the picket boats by PO Payne, before using them to take part in maritime leadership exercises under Lt David Billam. PO Payne said: ‘The boats behave in exactly the same way as warships when it comes to manoeuvring. They have the same style rudders and propellers. They are small scale warships and provide a good stepping stone.’ BRNC’s 15 week term includes a marinisation phase, part of which requires cadets to live, eat and sleep on board the picket boats. Lt David Billam said: ‘The marinisation phase is when we introduce cadets to the marine environment. We take the leadership skills they have learned at basic leadership development exercises both at the College and on Dartmoor and build on them in a marine context.’ Marine leadership exercises and assessments take place on the Dart twice a term on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. ‘During the marine leadership exercises, which last for three days, the cadets live on the picket boats and use the whalers to get ashore. They eat on the boat, wash on the boat and sleep on the boat. We have 10 to 12 cadets on each boat. The boats have sleeping accommodation for nine, but there are always two cadets on sentry duty. ‘The majority of cadets have never been to sea and this puts them in a marine environment. During the exercise, each cadet conducts a different task as commanding officer so they can develop their leadership skills.


‘They undergo two-and-a-half hour long tasks as commanding officers which are assessed. The tasks include evacuation operations, picking up refugees from the shore, counter terrorism, recces, assisting the World Health Organisation, and counter drugs, piracy and survey exercises.’ PO Payne said: ‘These exercises happen all the way up and down the river, from Ashprington Point to Dartmouth Castle. You will see the cadets in Sandquay Woods and on the shore all the way up the river. ‘As part of the exercises they often


‘During the marine leadership exercises, which last for three days, the cadets live on the picket boats. They eat on the boat, wash on the boat and sleep on the boat.’


chase each other down by the higher and lower ferries in the early hours of the morning and carry out night boardings of suspect vessels. This is when people may hear weapons firing – rocket propelled grenades and machine gun fire – although they are all blanks of course.’ Lynx Mark 8 helicopters from RNAS


Yeovilton are often drafted in to help cadets’ marine training, Lt Billam said, adding: ‘It’s a two way thing as we assist their training too in terms of casualty evacuation and marine security.’ Dartmouth’s residents and visitors regularly spot low flying RAF planes buzzing around the town, sometimes pairs of Falcons. These planes are not connected to training at the College, but are part of the ‘Thursday Wars’ that take place out of Plymouth. BRNC cadets also undergo sniper training with the Royal Marines in the


Photos: UK MoD/Crown Copyright 2012.


College’s RIBs. Lt Billam said: ‘We assist the Royal Marines by taking our RIBs out to sea and acting as targets for them to snipe. We do that probably twice a term and it involves nearly a whole day’s training.’ PO Payne says the Dart is the ideal training river for the cadets. ‘It’s so close to the College, has quick access to the open sea and fast moving tides which are brilliant to learn on. ‘The river’s environmental conditions and the weather always present challenges for the cadets, which they need because if it was easy they wouldn’t understand the bad conditions you get at sea.’ Perhaps unsurprisingly the cadets seem really to enjoy their maritime exercises. PO Payne said: ‘They love coming down here because it’s seen as a slight escape from the strictures of the College. They enjoy getting on the water and they relax a bit. ‘We don’t shout and scream at them because they don’t learn how to drive a boat by standing to attention. We motivate and guide them. Their heads are full of knowledge from the classroom and they come down here and put what they have learned into practice.’•


 


If you’ve enjoyed reading about the BRNC in By The Dart, why not check out our exclusive video on our new website www.


bythedart.tv. Alternatively, if you have a smartphone and the appropriate app, go straight to the video by clicking on the opposite QR code.


63


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126  |  Page 127  |  Page 128  |  Page 129  |  Page 130  |  Page 131  |  Page 132  |  Page 133  |  Page 134  |  Page 135  |  Page 136  |  Page 137  |  Page 138  |  Page 139  |  Page 140  |  Page 141  |  Page 142  |  Page 143  |  Page 144  |  Page 145  |  Page 146  |  Page 147  |  Page 148