Dartmouth BRNC cadets' lesson in leadership from First Sea Lord
The Royal Navy's most senior officer has shared his thoughts on leadership with the next generation of naval leaders during a visit to Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.
Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, the First Sea Lord, met a group of officer cadets undergoing their initial naval training at a special event this week.
On his visit to the historic college he led a discussion on the principles of leadership and talked about his own experience gained during a 43-year career.
During his day at the college the First Sea Lord took the opportunity to see aspects of the newly enhanced initial naval training course for officers, which was introduced last year.
He was also able to witness cadets undergoing a leadership exercise in the Dart maritime training area.
The demanding four-day exercise is the culmination of the second stage of initial naval training, known as the marinisation phase.
In crews of seven, the officer cadets use motor whalers and picket boats in a tactical scenario based on a humanitarian operation which brings together the skills learned through their course, including leadership, navigation and seamanship.
Admiral Stanhope also met a class of trainee warfare officers in BRNC's state-of-the art ship's bridge simulator, which can be configured to test the students' ability to control a warship in a wide range of scenarios.
Appointed First Sea Lord in 2009, Admiral Stanhope undertook his own initial naval training at BRNC in 1970.