HMS Sultan Tests Disaster Relief Skills

For a period of 48 hours, Royal Navy’s HMS Sultan was transformed into a Type 46 Hurricane class frigate as the personnel of HMS Sultan took the chance to put their disaster relief skills to the test.

Sultan Operational Sea Training (SOST) exercises are carried out twice a year within the Establishment and they offer recruits a wide and varied programme of challenging scenarios which help prepare them for any challenges that they could encounter while serving anywhere around the globe.

A key element of SOST saw the ship’s company, of 300 Junior Engineering Officers and Technicians from the Defence College of Technical Training’s Defence School of Marine Engineering and Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival School, respond to a distress call from the fictional earthquake hit Island Leander as disaster relief skills were put into practice.

Casualties made up from Phase 3 trainees and volunteers from the HMS Sultan VCC (Volunteer Cadet Corps) complete with a variety of fake injuries, who were scattered around the establishment, were rescued from crashed helicopters and a mini bus and then given first aid.

In addition a number of other challenges saw the participants overcome chemical spillages, floods and damages to power supplies.

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