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Flooding ship proves perfect training ground for students

Published: March 20, 2017

Duchy College Duchy Stoke Climsland 16-18

It was all hands on deck for students getting invaluable training on how to repair a sinking ship.

Military Academy students from Duchy College have been put through their paces during a two day visit to the Navy training facility HMS Raleigh.

During the visit the students worked with the Damage Repair Instructional Unit (DRIU), been shown how to repair damage to the hull and decks of a ship before having the opportunity to practice it.

The students were put into teams to go into the simulated ship HMS Havoc and had to repair damage before the compartments flooded. HMS Havoc fills with water and lists like a ship would do at sea. The water is sea temperature providing a challenging environment. The students performed well and really impressed the staff.

Level 3 Military Academy student, Courtney Diggens said HMS Havoc “was an amazing experience.”

“When I first went in I was a little bit nervous but when it’s all starting and that bell goes off you know there is no time for being nervous. Havoc was one of the best things I have done and I hope I get to do it again,” she continued.

Level 2 Military Academy student, Caitlin Henderson, agreed “it was something that we haven’t done before. If I had the chance I would love to go back and do it again.”

Duchy College are the only college in the UK to attend a phase one or initial training establishment on a regular basis; which gives students a great insight into life in the Royal Navy.

The training the students experience is based on the 10-week initial naval training programme for new recruits. Under the partnership a group of students spend two days at HMS Raleigh each month. 

Lecturer for Military Academy at Duchy Stoke, Jon Stone, said “the opportunity for the students to undertake HMS Havoc is a fantastic.”

“It gives the learners a real taste of Royal Navy training. The learners get a lot from the monthly visits to HMS Raleigh and each visit brings new experiences and gives them a real insight into life in the Armed Forces and training.”


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