Smarter train­ing

New fa­cil­ity keeps our Navy sailors on their toes.

Boating NZ - - Contents - BY LAWRENCE SCHÄF­FLER

The 24m fa­cil­ity weighs 145 tonnes and T in­cludes equip­ment such as decks, rails, lines, and lad­ders, along with winches, cranes and hy­draulics needed to raise and lower sea-boats. “Ex­pos­ing our sailors to this train­ing in a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment be­fore they go to sea adds an­other level of safety,” says Lieu­tenant Com­man­der Ange Barker. The fa­cil­ity en­ables sailors to train in wa­ter-based sea­man­ship skills such as man-over­board re­cov­ery, launch­ing of rigid-hulled in­flat­able boats by crane, pi­lot lad­der use, and lif­er­aft launch and re­cov­ery. “We now have stan­dard­ised sea­man­ship train­ing for all of the De­fence Force, not just the Navy, in an en­vi­ron­ment where these skills can be prac­ticed day or night. The rep­e­ti­tion de­vel­ops ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore go­ing to sea,” says Chief of Navy, Rear Ad­mi­ral John Martin.

“Our peo­ple no longer need to rely on class­room work or heav­ing lines across the pa­rade ground.

“This fa­cil­ity en­sures we have the ca­pa­bil­ity and equip­ment to train our peo­ple, not just in the ba­sic evo­lu­tion train­ing of skills, but also in de­vel­op­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and man­ag­ing risk.”

Com­bined with the ex­ist­ing in­door mock ship’s hull for prac­tic­ing other skills and drills, the Navy’s mod­ern Sea­man­ship Train­ing com­plex is now com­plete.


The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new sea­man­ship train­ing fa­cil­ity at the Devon­port Naval Base.

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