It is three weeks of fun filled time in the careing hands of FOST. I am going to take a wild stab in the dark - are you doing one soon? If you are on the unit I think you are then do not panic. There will soon be XTM's and briefs up the ying yang to help you prepare. In fact why not pop along to the Thu War Brief next Wed in the JRDH.
DCT is conducted by units about to deploy. Navy HQ will draw up a Training Directive that gives FOST the areas that they need to ensure the unit is capable of achieving. It is tailored for each unit as some will be running R2 Amphibious Flagships for example or straight from BOST and about to sail away for the Gulf. From the TD a programme will be drawn up and certain areas focused on. For example BULWARK will soon do DCT and will concentrate on Warfare and CBRNDC training. Unlike a full BOST time is tight so it is only there to check that the running unit is able to safely perform her duties on what ever she has been tasked with.
Back in the mists of yore (2000), as a FOST Mobile Training Team instructor, we (a team of 5) used to join a deploying ship (prior to it reaching theatre) and train-up the ship's company as requested by ship staff- specific to the potential threat.
Common training used to involve joining an Armilla bound ship at Gib, teaching/refreshing chemical warfare training, then jumping off a few days later at Souda Bay. There were other trips involving island-hopping in the Windies, just bringing ship-teams up to scratch & the dreaded 12 weekly trip to the Falklands to train up the oft-rotated crews of the Castle-Class fixture in Mare Harbour & random visiting T23 or T42.
Due to Operational Security I can say on here. But if you speak to your partner and ask them for a copy of the Longcast it will give you the ship's programme until Dec 09.
The ship will be doing DCT until 29 Jan (not a state secret) and then deploying to the Far East on TAURUS 09 at the end of Feb. There will be a web site on the RN web site soon with all the details and updates. Also the ship will be pushing out plenty of pre-deployment information for families and friends.
The thing to remember is the next few weeks are going to be hectic and your partner will be working long hours under considerable stress (all part of the training). Bear this in mind, oh yes they might not have email connectivity all the time. Normal Mail is always welcome.
I would also recommend the RN community web site www.rncom.mod.uk. If you register there is loads of useful information on there.
The phrase "Loose Lips Sink Ships" still has some relevance here. Shy away from naming ships and units, specific dates and locations departing from and heading towards. Also stay away from names of people. Other than that as long as you're specifically vague ... or vaguely specific in your questions and comments you should be fine.
If youâ€™re not as well informed as youâ€™d like to be then you need to have a proper discussion with your other half. The Longcast mentioned by Guns is the document which should provide you everything you need or want to know about his programme.