HMS Collingwood officers embark on Caribbean trip for naval scheme

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SUB LIEUTENANTS from HMS Collingwood called a recent Caribbean voyage through a naval scheme as a ‘career highlight’.

SLt Alex Snow and SLt Mark Walker embarked on the trip through the Royal Navy’s Merchant Navy Liaison Voyage scheme in which they broadened their naval knowledge and obtained valuable maritime experience.

The duo visited places such as St Lucia, Martinique and Antigua.

Their first port of call was the French city of Le Havre where they witnessed container operations before crossing the Atlantic.

During the voyage, the officers performed duties aboard the ship such as performing safety rounds and observed the captain in action.

SLt Walker said: ‘We’d like to give special thanks to the Merchant Navy Liaison Voyage staff, Vince Noyce and Master Jose Trimanez. We learnt a great deal and had a very enjoyable time – a career highlight.’

The Merchant Navy Liaison Voyage scheme offers all Royal Navy, Royal Marine and Royal Navy Reserve personnel the opportunity to serve on deep-sea international voyages onboard merchant navy vessels to gain maritime experience and wider familiarisation.