What are Deployments?
During the Easter and Summer breaks there are deployments which take place onboard HMS Smiter. The routine on a deployment is similar to that on the Sea Weekends, except run over a much longer period of time.
Deployments provide an excellent opportunity for students to get to know each other better and develop not only the skills they have learnt in the classroom on drill nights, but also to develop their personal interaction skills as well as their leadership and teamwork skills - and have fun whilst doing it. Generally we will deploy with another unit and their ship so there is an opportunity to make friends from across the country with a similar interest.
Two phases of deployment run during the Easter holidays, generally along the south coast of England, although sometimes venturing to the Channel Islands, France, Belgium and Holland. These two 14 day periods mean around 20 students can go on deployment at Easter.
Summer deployments take us further afield, and recent destinations have included France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Spain and Gibraltar as well as circumnavigating the UK. This period is usually around 6 weeks long, split up into 3 phases, meaning around 30 students are able to go on deployment in the summer.
Photo: A Cocktail Party on Deployment in France