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Grantham naval officer Alexandra completes warfare course

Lieutenant Alexandra Wale receives her certificate from Captain Steve Dainton at HMS Collingwood after comleting her Initial Warfare Officers course.

Lieutenant Alexandra Wale receives her certificate from Captain Steve Dainton at HMS Collingwood after comleting her Initial Warfare Officers course.

Naval officer Alexandra Wale will join one of the country’s premier warships after completing a specialist course.

Former KGGS pupil Alexandra, 26, of Grantham, has finished her Initial Warfare Officers course at the Maritime Warfare School, HMS Collingwood, in Fareham.

She will join HMS Dauntless after completing the course which prepares Warfare Officers for their first complement appointment at sea and in particular to act as Officer of the Watch.

Alexandra joined the Royal Navy in 2011. Since then she has served on HMS Illustrious and HMS Dragon and also spent a month on exchange with the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Alexandra, who also attended Long Bennington Primary School and went on to study at Liverpool University, said: “I am excited to join the Fleet in one of the Royal Navy’s premier warships and look forward to redeploying to defend out nation’s interests.”

The aim of the Initial Warfare Officer Course (IWOC) is to prepare Warfare Officers for their first complement appointment at sea, and in particular to act as Officer of the Watch. The course is in two phases, and success at phase 1 is required to proceed to phase 2. Phase 1, the Navigation Watch Certificate Assessment, consists of both a Navigation and a Communications Module.

The Navigation module is arguably the most challenging assessment that the IWOs will complete in their early years in the Royal Navy - six theoretical exams are followed by a demanding week of practical assessments in the bridge simulator, assessed by Specialist Navigators. The individual should be able to conduct a bridge watch in a benign warfare environment, with particular reference to coastal navigation, running a bridge team, reacting to emergencies, running a ship’s programme and conducting radar pilotage.

Phase 2 consists of lectures, visits and assessments in subjects such as seamanship, warfare, aviation and leadership, to broaden their knowledge and consolidate their onboard training. On successful completion of IWOC, the officers will either join a ship immediately as an Officer of the Watch, or go to specialise further, such as training to become submariners, aviators, fighter controllers or HM Officers.

 

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