the five students aboard have adapted well to life at sea and have become valuable members of the ships company

HMS Example's Executive Officer

A calmer transit took us down the east coast of the UK and across the Thames estuary to Chatham where we encountered our first lock. With some impressive driving from the Marine Engineer Officer and Commanding Officer, we entered the marina where we docked for the night.

After a fresh water wash down, we had our first meal ashore as a group - ship’s company included. Chatham historic dockyard was a stone’s throw away with main attractions of HMS Cavalier, HMS Gannet and the submarine HMS Ocelot, as well as a victorian rope museum and various other displays.

The following day, in Ramsgate, we docked in the marina and loaded up on stores for the ship. That night we gave the chef on board a rest and ate at the number one restaurant in Ramsgate – Shakey Shakey Fish and Chip shop, which did not disappoint.

The ships company and cadets enjoyed the delights of a Belgian Café for breakfast, before a smooth transit across the English Channel to Dunkirk.

As the week has progressed, the crew and cadets have pulled together excellently and we now work proficiently as a team.

The Executive Officer (XO), Chief Petty Officer Stroud said, “the five students aboard have adapted well to life at sea and have become valuable members of the ships company”.