Bear in mind Sea spec is NOT all about driving RIBS, far from it.
A brief look at the phase two training content should give you a good idea of what day to day life will be like afloat.
The Maritime Warfare School is located in HMS Collingwood, Fareham where you will spend 22 weeks of AB(SEA)2 training.
The course you undertake is designed to make best use of your time.
As with every course you will complete during your time within the Royal Navy your AB(SEA)2 course is broken down into modules with examinations on completion of most of the modules. The course breakdown will consist of 15 weeks spent in the Tactical Command Support Section and a further 7 weeks doing various other modules within HMS Collingwood, HMS Excellent and in South Wales. A breakdown of the course content is below.
Key Skills is conducted at HMS Collingwood and is a government funded initiative designed to improve general skills. The scheme is developed to give you the grounding to achieve NVQ level 2.
The course modules:
15 weeks spent with the Tactical Support Section.
1 week conducting Outdoor Leadership Task in South Wales.
1 week conducting Naval Military Training in HMS Excellent.
1 week Basic Sea Survival Training in HMS Excellent.
1 week First Aid Training in HMS Excellent.
1 week Pre Sea Training in HMS Collingwood.
2 weeks Key Skills training in HMS Collingwood.
There are approximately 8 examinations during phase two training and you need to be aware be aware the pass mark is around 80%
The first module is Visual Signalling or V/S as you will come to refer to it. V/S encompasses the different types of Visual Communications employed within the Royal Navy. During this module you will be taught to recognise Signal Flags and be able to interpret their meanings. You will learn Audio Morse using our Computer Based Training Suite which will lead on to Visual Morse Code training you to read Flashing Light at 8 words per minute. It is a good idea to learn basic morse before joining.
You will undergo 1 week of outdoor leadership training in the Brecon Beacons of South Wales. This is where you develop your team building skills and leadership skills. It is aimed to bring out your self discipline and potential and reinforce military ethos.
A vital part of naval ship handling, Fleetwork is the theory behind ship manoeuvring and station keeping in close formations. During this module you will learn to encode and decode tactical signals and interpret them into Basic English for reporting onto the Command and explaining how the Officer of the Watch is to drive the ship into its new position
The practical side of this module is consolidated within the Fleetwork Trainer, a computer based simulator capable of generating a variety of games ranging from basic games involving only ships to advance warfare games incorporating aircraft, submarines and missiles.You will also be shown how to use the Digital Selective Calling Unit for the transmission and reception of distress messages and Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacons and Search And Rescue Transponders.
During the module you will also gain an insight into the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System organisation and your role within that organisation. Working with VHF radios at sea requires special training and a certificate of competence issued by the Maritime Coastguard Agency. This is known as a Short Range Certificate and is issued on the successful completion of the short range module. During this module you will be instructed on the regulations governing the use of VHF at sea and how to deal with Distress situations.
The operation of portable communications equipment will be a vital part of your job aboard a warship whether it is to communicate with your ship whilst in the ships seaboat or to the helicopter if you lose communication using the ships main communications equipment. During this module you will learn how to use a range of portables ranging from VHF to UHF
Tactical Voice Procedure is used in conjunction with Fleetwork as a method of sending and receiving signals from the manoeuvring publications. You will be taught the correct procedure employed within tactical voice.
The next module to look at is Ceremonial. During this module you will be taught the correct procedure to carry out the ceremony of Colours and Sunset which is the wearing of colours (flags) by warships. This module includes looking at the procedure for half-mast colours, dipping the ensign as a sign of respect and making up flags for ceremonial occasions.
Physical Security is a vital part of your job whilst aboard a warship. It is the procedures used to safeguard classified material including the operation of secure containers and accounting for contents. During this module you will be required to demonstrate how to use the correct procedures.
During the Signal Message Writing module you will look at the various types of messages used within the Royal Navy and how we deliver them to the correct address. We will also look at the way the contents of the messages are safeguarded using protective markings. As with a lot of the departments we depend a lot on publications. We will therefore instruct you on how to maintain and keep current the publications which you use on a daily basis.
My kid is on the RAS team . She answers the phone when it rings, " AB ******* how can I help?" .." Can I speak to the officer in charge please?" .... "Sure"... I said "is that it then?".. "Yip thats it, I'm a WE dad, SS do all the real work"