The Royal Navy has been asking recruits to self-isolate for 14 days before arriving at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall to keep training continuing Royal Navy Training During Covid-19, as the flow of new sailors is vital for operations while waiting for the emergency that the country is facing now to pass.
The Royal Navy realises that it must continue to recruit and train staff to be prepared for emergencies, in the UK or elsewhere in the world, in the future.
HMS Raleigh runs a 10-week training programme for those starting on their Navy career for all branches and, on average, around 60 new recruits arrive at HMS Raleigh every week, with around 2,200 people on site on an average day
HMS Raleigh is the Royal Navy’s largest training centre covering 239-acres and a maritime training centre on the River Lynher.
Steps Taken to Avoid the Spread of Covid-19 during Royal Navy Initial Training
Some Royal Navy recruits feared that their Royal Navy Training Training Covid-19 may have been postponed over the pandemic, but the Navy continued to carry out basic training at HMS Raleigh during the coronavirus pandemic by putting in place safety measures.
The base has been able to deliver essential training in line with advice from Public Health England and an environmental health team.
New recruits and personnel must make sure social distancing measures are observed and circles have been sprayed on the ground to try and ensure social-distancing measures are followed during training.
The Royal Air Force also continued with basic training during the pandemic, while the British Army has resumed basic training at a reduced capacity following the coronavirus outbreak.
Personnel at HMS Raleigh In Cornwall Have Tested Positive For Coronavirus
A small number of personnel at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall have tested positive for coronavirus, and a passing out ceremony, due to take place on Friday 18 September, at the site, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 cases.
Personnel identified as having been in contact with those who have tested positive are self-isolating in line with Public Health England guidance.
Royal Marines COVID-19 Training
Royal Marines underwent specialist training to help the fight against COVID-19, preparing them for deployment across the south-west of England to support frontline workers.
Troops from 247 Gurkha Signal Squadron, part of 16th Signal Regiment, spent 10 days training with pharmacists on how to conduct COVID-19 testing at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.
Similar programmes also took place in Manchester and Glasgow.
Covid-19 Positive Tests on Royal Navy Ships
Several crew members of Royal Navy ship HMS Albion were tested positive for coronavirus.
All those affected isolated on land, while the rest of the amphibious assault ship’s personnel sailed into UK waters where they quarantined on the vessel.
The positive coronavirus cases on Albion were part of a routine series of tests carried out prior to her deploying from the UK, with all the ship’s company being tested.
HMS Queen Elizabeth’s scheduled departure from Portsmouth was also delayed, due to several positive coronavirus cases on board the aircraft carrier.
The vessel had reported no cases of the virus prior to sailing into UK waters. The exact number of cases has not been reported.
Those affected have been isolated on land and worked with the NHS Test and Trace system to ensure the virus did not spread further.
The remaining crew are quarantined on board HMS Queen Elizabeth and followed the appropriate health guidelines.
Queen Elizabeth’s maiden operational deployment is set to take place next year, with Prince of Wales set to begin operational duties a few years after.
Defence School of Transport
While other military training was disrupted by COVID-19, the Defence School of Transport continued to train personnel by introducing socially distanced vehicle cabs, reducing the number of students, and increasing ventilation.
The Defence School of Transport is the largest residential driving school in the world, and every year, 10,000 students from all three military services pass out through the centre which is located at Normandy Barracks, Leconfield near Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire in England.
Students learn how to drive a range of vehicles – starting on the ‘white fleet’, which includes ordinary cars and coaches, before moving onto the ‘green fleet’ made up of military vehicles.
Over the course of the year, students at the school clock up 5 million miles worth of training on roads around the county and on the 768 acres of roads and tracks at Normandy Barracks.
Royal Navy Training During Covid-19
Covid-19 has caused a surge in applications for The Royal Navy and it is becoming difficult to source the appropriate kit for the Royal Navy Initial Training at RMS Raleigh.