Training Vessels Gives Cadets an Understanding of Seamanship

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There is no better way to gain an understanding of the sea than through sailing, and the Sail Training Vessel (STV) Goldcrest, gave RMC cadets that chance.

For several weeks this summer, Naval cadets from Royal Military College, Collège Militaire Royale and the Subsidized University Training List will join Goldcrest to learn the fundamentals and enjoy the Southern Gulf Islands and local waters while building integral foundations in leadership, team-building and motivation.

Although sailing vessels no longer play a role in naval warfare or modern maritime security, Goldcrest still provides valuable experience for junior officers and seamen..

Like similar programs available to Air Force and Army cadets, the purpose of the RCN’s Summer On the Job Experience program is to expose Naval Cadets to various activities associated with the Navy in conjunction with their career training – sailing onboard Goldcrest will be just one of the many ways that cadets will get a taste of the Navy during their summer break from academics.

The STV Goldcrest is a CS-36 sloop-rigged yacht built in 1982 and purchased by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in 1983, and has been adapted for sail, adventure and navigation training. With accommodation for four to six sailors, the vessel is fully equipped to take on her next mission providing on the job experience for cadets in the Regular Officer Training Program this summer.

The Navy currently maintains three training vessels: the STV Tuna in Halifax, N.S., and HMCS Oriole and the STV Goldcrest at CFB Esquimalt.

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