Getting stuck in and getting my hands dirty has been my favourite part of my training so far

Officer Cadet Phillip Eddie, BRNC Dartmouth

A few of the cadets were lucky enough to be picked as exercise casualties. OC Gareth McCabe said: "I couldn't believe how good the make-up was. I had to pretend to have broken my arm."

Prior to her deployment HMS Albion had passed an extensive programme of training and sea trials following a two-year period of modernisation.

The Cadets were with HMS Albion as she sailed from Devonport for the start of her Flagship duties with the Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG 2), transferring across having spent a week on board HMS Ocean. 

They were put to work immediately, helping the Ship's Company with ceremonial duties leaving the harbour and then assisting with the stowing away of ropes and other equipment.

During their time on board the Cadets have enjoyed a port visit to Greece and also put on a charity BBQ in support of the ship's charity, Claire's House Hospice, as a thank you to the Ship's Company for sharing their experience with them during their time at sea.

Returning to the College the Cadet's next challenge will be their four-day Maritime Assessed Leadership Exercise (MARL) on the River Dart in early April.  Successful Cadets will commission as Royal Naval Officers at Lord High Admiral's Divisions later in the month.

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