So­lu­tion for HCM Mod­ern­iza­tion

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While the Royal Navy in the U.K. is bring­ing on board sailors from Canada, the U.S., France and New Zealand to help it with its short­age in en­gi­neer­ing po­si­tions be­cause of cut­backs, the RCN has also brought in a rel­a­tively new pro­gram to deal with the down­side of the Hal­i­fax-class mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram.

This up­grade was lim­it­ing at-sea ex­pe­ri­ence for some sailors as the ships were brought into port for mod­ern­iza­tion. En­ter the REG­U­LUS pro­gram which was started in 2010.

“REG­U­LUS is about get­ting young men and women of the RCN to sea dur­ing a pe­riod of re­duced sail­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Lieu­tenant (Navy) Arthur Halpenny, REG­U­LUS Per­son­nel Co­or­di­na­tor. Through per­son­nel ex­changes with friendly navies around the world, Canadian sailors hone their skills and gain valu­able in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence while work­ing on board for­eign ves­sels, strength­en­ing the RCN’s core com­pe­ten­cies.

Since the REG­U­LUS’ in­cep­tion in 2010, more than 150 RCN per­son­nel have been sent abroad to coun­tries such as the United States, New Zealand, Australia, the United King­dom, and Chile. “The ex­changes are mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial. If pos­si­ble, we’ll place our sailors in bil­lets that the part­ner navy may have trou­ble fill­ing. Part­ner navies, in turn, of­ten seek RCN train­ing once they wit­ness the tal­ent and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of our sailors.”

Sub-Lieu­tenant Chris Su­lyma par­tic­i­pated in an ex­change with the Chilean Navy in April 2014, and found him­self on board an aux­il­iary pa­trol ship tasked with fish­ery pa­trol, light­house re­sup­ply and search and res­cue op­er­a­tions off Chile’s south­ern coast. “I found the Chilean of­fi­cers and crew to be ex­tremely friendly, ea­ger to help, and gen­uinely cu­ri­ous about Canadian cul­ture,” said SLt Su­lyma. “The ship it­self helped us cel­e­brate Canada Day, and the lo­cal restau­rant went so far as to learn how to make pou­tine for us…we also cel­e­brated the ups and mourned the downs of Chile’s soc­cer team in its drive for the World Cup.”

SLt Su­lyma work­ing with the Chilean Navy.

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