The British Royal Navy assault ship, H.M.S. Fearless, made a stop in Valetta Harbour, Malta,?
GV H.M.S. Fearless outside Malta harbour
SV Fearless sign on side of ship
SV Insignia on funnel
SV Bows of ship with Union Jack
SV Officers stand on deck ZOOM IN TO trainee officer
CU Name tabs on cadets' shirts - Ghana, Pakistan, Iran, Nigeria, Algeria (5 shots)
SV & GV Cadets working on radar
SVs Cadets on gun turret practising (3 shots)
GV Cadets practising boat drill in ship's hold (2 shots)
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Background: The British Royal Navy assault ship, H.M.S. Fearless, made a stop in Valetta Harbour, Malta, recently during her annual summer training cruise for the Brittania Royal Naval Training College at Dartmouth, England. On board were 71 officer cadets from the Dartmouth College.
The young trainee officers are aged between 17 and 25, and just under half of them come from foreign navies. There are 12 cadets from Iran, 3 from Kenya, 3 from Malaya, 4 from Nigeria, 3 from Ghana, 2 from Pakistan, I from Brunei, and 5 from Algeria.
H.M.S. Fearless makes three training cruises a year on behalf of the College, at the same time as fulfilling her routing duties for the Royal Navy. In the spring, she took another group of training officers on a cruise along the east coast of the United States and the West Indies.
Each cruise lasts between nine and eleven weeks, and the cadets learn the practical aspects of seamanship, including navigation, and how to run a ship. They are also given a brief instruction course on working the ship's guns, engineering, supply, and administration.
The training cruise, which always takes place after their first term at the College, gives the young men their first introduction to life on a warship on active service. Even when it is on a training cruise, the Fearless frequently takes part in Navy exercises.
The ship's normal complement of officers is increased by eight officer instructors from the College during the cruise, and when the Fearless returns to Dartmouth early in July, they, and their students will resume their ordinary duties in the more conventional surroundings of the College.
Most of the foreign students will complete their courses at the end of the year, and then return to take up their duties in their home Navies. The 38 Royal Navy cadet officers will finish their courses in January, when they pass out as Sub-Lieutenants.