Navigation course from the Royal Navy has 10 Barbadian graduates

Participants from Barbados and other CARICOM members have spent the past two weeks at the Barbados Coast Guard Headquarters, HMBS PELICAN attending a Basic Navigation course, delivered by a visiting training team from the Royal Navy (RN).

Apart from Barbados, the students hailed from St Vincent, St Lucia, Dominica, Grenada as well as Antigua and Barbuda. Two of the Barbadian officers did so well in the course, they have been invited for a guest secondment on board the HMS Severn now on a 7 month stint in the Caribbean.

Apart from Barbados, the students hailed from St Vincent, St Lucia, Dominica, Grenada as well as Antigua and Barbuda. Two of the Barbadian officers did so well in the course, they have been invited for a guest secondment on board the HMS Severn now on a 7 month stint in the Caribbean.

The “Navvies,” as British sailors are wont to say, have studied a number of areas, including the following topics:

Collision Avoidance Rules, Chartwork, Basic Navigation Plotting, Harbour Hazards,  Buoyage,  Navigation Safety in Harbour,  Command and Control, Coastal Passage Planning,  Ship/Boat Handling,  Shipping Reports.

Collision Avoidance Rules, Chartwork, Basic Navigation Plotting, Harbour Hazards, Buoyage, Navigation Safety in Harbour, Command and Control, Coastal Passage Planning, Ship/Boat Handling, Shipping Reports.

Participants had the opportunity to put the training to practical use with day and night exercises on board the assets of the Barbados Coast Guard and the RSS.

Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force presents a commemorative plaque to Lieutenant Commander Howard Clark, leader of the visiting RN Maritime Training Team for sharing their expertise

Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force presents a commemorative plaque to Lieutenant Commander Howard Clark, leader of the visiting RN Maritime Training Team for sharing their expertise

Certificates of completion were presented to the graduands by H.E. Mrs Victoria Dean, British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Her Excellency was joined by Colonel Alvin Quintyne, Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force and Lt Commander Howard Clark, leader of the visiting RN Maritime Training Team.

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