The 11-month course is excellent and the time we spend with other officers is also very well spent, because in the future we are very likely to be engaging with them during international operations and exercises.

Commander Andy Perks

Commander Paul Ottewell, of the Defence College, Shrivenham, said: “This has been a highly successful two days for future senior commanders both in the UK and international military from 50 countries.

"They have experienced life with the Royal Navy at sea and also seen how important the specialised roles at Devonport are vital to operations involving maritime power worldwide.

"This is the culmination of the maritime phase of their course, showing students the full range of maritime capability.’’

Commander Andy Perks, a Plymouth submariner engineer and staff college student, said: "The Maritime Combat Power Visit gives officers a wider strategic view in how to command battles and battle staff.

"So far, the students have focussed on their own specialisation and have managed their own departments and staff and units such as ships.

"I know as a submariner, we naturally get very focussed in our own world and don’t even have the wider scope we should perhaps have in our own Navy.

So even though I am in the Royal Navy, I have had my eyes opened by this time at sea on warships.

“The 11-month course is excellent and the time we spend with other officers is also very well spent, because in the future we are very likely to be engaging with them during international operations and exercises. This is when this time studying together will prove invaluable.’’

Countries represented included China,  US, Australia, Malaysia, Kuwait, South Korea and Albania. 

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