From the perspective of the ship’s company, these weeks provide an excellent opportunity to develop an understanding of other navies and their practices.

Lieutenant Commander Vessey

The ten week Navigation and Warfare International Training Course saw the students put through their paces during a mixture of simulator training, classroom based learning and rigorous assessments.  The course culminated in the fortnight on board HMS Penzance, drawing on the expertise of the highly-trained MCM1 crew.

“From the perspective of the ship’s company, these weeks provide an excellent opportunity to develop an understanding of other navies and their practices,” said Lieutenant Commander Vessey.

“It is invaluable experience and such initiatives serve to strengthen the bonds between us and our allies.  Whether it is on operations overseas, or on joint exercises closer to home, all were left with a genuine hope to meet again.”

All ten trainees will now return to their respective navies to become Bridge and Navigating Officers, with some eventually going on to be future Commanders. 

HMS Penzance is a Royal Navy Sandown class Mine Counter Measures Vessel (MCMV), one of seven based at HM Naval Base Clyde. 

At any one time the Royal Navy has four mine hunters working in the Gulf – two Sandown Class and two Hunt Class vessels.  Together they help safeguard the waterways for shipping in the area.  While there the vessels conduct routine surveys, sea bed clearance and mine clearance operations.  The ships provide a visible naval presence in the region where stability and good relations with local nations is vital.

The crews of the Squadron rotate every seven to eight months, with the vessels staying in the region. 

MCM1 Crew 1 sailed HMS Penzance from the Gulf back to the UK and HMNB Clyde in August last year after an eight month deployment. 

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