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Merchant Sea Cadets join RRS Sir David Attenborough in the Falklands for training deployment

Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 07:45 UTC


RRS Sir David Attenborough completes ice trials on maiden voyage to Antarctica

Four merchant sea cadets from Trinity House are joining Britain’s new polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough in the Falkland Islands this week for a four-month training deployment.

While on board, cadets will undertake a range of activities and tasks as part of completing their MNTB training records, including ship familiarization, maintenance work and watchkeeping duties.

RRS Sir David Attenborough is one of the most advanced research vessels in the world and is destined to transform onboard science in the polar regions. The vessel was commissioned by NERC, built by Cammell Laird and is operated by BAS.

BAS took delivery of RRS Sir David Attenborough in November 2020 and the ship departed the UK on her maiden voyage on November 17, 2021. The ship is currently returning to the UK after a successful first season in Antarctica, under the command of former Captain Will Whatley, former program Trinity House Merchant Navy Scholarship Award. .

Captain Nigel Hope, Director of Marine Training for Trinity House, said: “We are delighted that BAS has selected cadets from Trinity House to train on board. RRS Sir David Attenborough, because the training opportunities that BAS can provide will be invaluable. Trinity House cadets train aboard a variety of different vessels during their seagoing phases. We look forward to working with BAS on this long-term partnership. »

Captain Will Whatley, Master of RRS Sir David Attenborough, said: “I myself began my career at sea as a cadet from Trinity House, so it is a great pleasure for me to be able to welcome this first group of cadets on board our incredible new ship. This trip will provide the cadets with a fantastic experience as this ship has many interesting features. Can’t wait to have Trinity House cadets on board RRS Sir David Attenborough for many years to come.”