Ships visit to RFA Black Rover (Our affiliated ship) (20/12/11)
7 Cadets and 3 staff enjoyed a visit to our affiliated ship RFA Black Rover 20th December 2011. The day started early, leaving the unit at 0600 hrs to head to Portland, Dorset. On arrival at 1100, the cadets enjoyed a tour of the ship and update on what she has been doing in the past year. After a bite for lunch, the cadets and staff went around the different departments. The most popular activity onboard was the ships weaponry, where the cadets were shown how they work and what they are used for, under the supervision of the Point Defence Officer. Having spent the day onboard, the cadets headed homeward for the long journey back to the unit.
All the cadets and staff had a full and fun packed day learning the ships role within the fleet, and hearing stories about how those onboard cope with the long trips at sea and what role they have in keeping RFA Black Rover operating. It was the first of many trips we will have to visit our affiliated ship when she is alongside, and hopefully in the future we will be able to arrange a trip for the cadets to be onboard when she is travelling around the UK waters.
Thanks to the staff who helped arrange and escort the cadets, and to those cadets who attended, we hope you learned more about the role the Royal Fleet Auxiliary play in supplying the Royal Navy as RFA Black Rover is a Small Fleet Tanker.
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