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International visitors for BRNC

20 December 2017
Visitors from the Far East and Europe have been welcomed to Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) as part of the Royal Navy’s international links.

Cadets from the German Navy took part in training on Dartmoor alongside their Royal Navy counterparts, while five Cadets from the WUHAN Naval University of Engineering in the People’s Liberation Army (Navy), joined students on the river during two weeks at the College. 

Three Midshipmen from the Republic of Korea Naval Academy, in South Korea, spent three days at BRNC. 

They were given the chance to experience elements of the 30-week initial naval training course for Officers and enjoyed a visit to HMS Bulwark, alongside in Devonport Naval Base.  

For the Royal Navy cadets, the experience of training in an international environment is great grounding for their future careers and often generates life-long bonds and friendships

Captain Jol Woodard RN

Ten senior Cadets from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy spent time with Young Officers undergoing initial warfare officer training and were given a tour of the simulators used for navigation training.

Senior Officers from the Italian Navy’s Accademia Navale have also been given an overview of the role the College provides and were shown the facilities available for training.

As part of the on-going exchange programme between the Royal Navy and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)),  a two day training symposium was held at the College, attended by representatives from both organisations, to review progress and identify further training opportunities.

Captain Jol Woodard Royal Navy, the Captain of BRNC, said: “BRNC plays a key role in Defence Engagement, from the international cadets who are sent to us by their navies and defence forces for training, to the influential visitors such as those we have seen in recent weeks. 

“We actively compare notes on training methods and leadership thinking with other organisations.  Years of success has taught us the importance of shared experience and continual learning. 

“For the Royal Navy cadets, the experience of training in an international environment is great grounding for their future careers and often generates life-long bonds and friendships.” 

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