HMAS Choules Deploys on Sea Training Cruise

Australian Navy’s HMAS Choules recently embarked members from the Royal Australian Navy’s New Entry Officers’ Course 53 as they commenced their Sea Training Deployment, a three week training cruise to teach the junior officers about life at sea as a junior sailor.

In total 90 New Entry Officers and training staff joined the ship at Fleet Base East, Sydney, on October 13. The majority of the cohort are preparing to enter the fleet as Midshipmen, with a few degree qualified Sub Lieutenants and a Lieutenant across a range of primary qualifications from Maritime Warfare Officer to Legal Officer.

Trainees are exposed to all of the ship’s departments and roles to gain an understanding of ship evolutions.

The New Entry Officers’ Course is twenty weeks of officer training at the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell in Jervis Bay, on the New South Wales south coast.

HMAS Choules is also currently home to thirteen midshipmen who graduated from the previous New Entry Officers’ Course only four months ago and are continuing on their professional development. From here, the members of course 53 will return to Creswell for five more weeks of officer training before graduating on December 3, 2015.

Image: Australian Navy

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