"The art of the sailor is to leave nothing to chance." (Annie Van De Wiele, Navigator)
And we definitely don't leave our sailors' training up to chance either! After completing BMT, trainees go through the Basic Specialisation Course 1 (BSC1) at the Naval Military Expert Institute. BSC1 equips them with common naval knowledge, as well as skills specific to their vocation. The course culminates with a Summative Exercise (SUMEX) where the trainees undergo a rigorous but realistic routine to prepare them to join an operational warship! At the end of BSC1, our trainees will go down to the ships as ready sailors for the next phase of training.
Our young sailors will be graduating from BSC1 in a few days time! But before they do, here's a look back at some moments during their training.
(Photos courtesy of Naval Military Expert Institute)