Visiting the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy!

In the last week of August the members of YoungShip Bergen were invited to visit the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy for a guided tour and to test their ship simulators!

The enthusiastic Commander Lunde and his co-worker held an intriguing presentation about the work they do in the training facilities and told exciting stories of previous exercises held by the Navy. The impressive simulator was developed by Kongsberg Gruppen at a price of about NOK 60 million and has a central role in training of new navigators.

Commander Lunde started the show by introducing the big simulator and guided us from Vågen towards Askøy. The details captured by the simulator impressed the entire Young Ship crew. Soon the members were allowed to take command of the vessel, while adverse weather conditions made the navigation more challenging. I think we all learned to appreciate the skills needed to navigate different types of ships. 

After the main presentation of the big simulator the members were divided into teams of 3 and was placed in smaller simulators with the following roles: one captain, one navigator and one lookout. It was time to race!  The rules were simple - no rules applied. No need to say that this led to some minor crashes and some interesting sailing methods – however all members finished the race and the winning team was rewarded with honour and glory. 

The evening was continued with an Ankerdram involving drinks & great company! 

A big thanks to the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy for having us – it was a blast!