The UK Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Example (P165) successfully completed her annual squadron training off the North East coast of England.
The training called as the Squadron Covered Continuation Training (SCCT) is an annual package of training provided by staff from 1st Patrol Boat Squadron (1PBS) ensuring she is safe to operate and operated safely.
The training was conducted in company with her sister ship HMS Explorer, normally based in Hull. On completion HMS Archer and HMS Trumpeter were also put through their paces.
The first day for Example started with a set of formal rounds conducted by Commander Hammon (Commander 1PBS). Following this a ‘fire’ was discovered in the forward accommodation area by one of the students, this was the first CBRNDC test for the crew, but was well handled, and extinguished in short order, just in time for sailing.
The departure from Viking Park (the Northumbria Police Marine Unit base), was led by Explorer, out into the operating areas just outside the Tynemouth breakwater.
Once out Example was detached, and proceeded to conduct more engineering and damage control serials including standard manoeuvres, to test the power plant, and an F4 (engine room fire). The day culminated in an F7, when the Commanding Officer (CO) managed to (for the exercise) hit a large piece of floating debris, resulting in multiple hull breaches throughout the ship. The ships company fought through the multiple floods, managing to retain the upper hand throughout.
The second day shifted target to navigation and seamanship aspects, with Example taking the lead for the departure.
On the way back up the river to HMS Calliope (where HMS Example is berthed normally), ‘the Bish’, Chaplain of mine warfare, Fishery Protection Squadron and Patrol Vessels, Reverend David Simpson joined Example and her for the journey. After his stint on the wheel for part of the passage back, he took time for a chat and some reflection on the last two days.
HMS Example finally berthed back home, in the centre of Newcastle with HMS Explorer on the Tuesday evening.