STAFF and cadets from Dunbar, Leith and Dumfries travelled to Plymouth last week for the annual unit camp at HMS Raleigh.
Training during the week included how to tackle onboard fires from raising the initial alarm to managing the situation and understanding the firefighting procedures.
Cadets also received training in damage control in a simulated vessel with exploding water pipes, and leaking walls and floors. Here they were taught how to work in teams in a high pressure and extremely noisy emergency situation putting their training in bulkhead damage repair to good use.
Sea survival training involved donning survival suits and lifejackets on hearing the command “abandon ship”. Cadets were trained in correct methods for disembarking in extreme conditions, for entering life-rafts and deploying survival skills. Physical fitness and endurance was also put to the test as the cadets were tasked with a Royal Navy assault course. To unwind there was some shore leave in the nearby town of Looe, swimming and excursions including ice skating.
The cadets returned to their unit in Dunbar on Friday evening, exhausted but some managed to rise early the next morning to take part in the district swimming contest at Dreghorn with several cadets qualifying for the Area heats!