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Infanteer said:Fascinating, thanks guys. So, a ship doing some ASW training over off the UK is Force Generation and responds to its naval chain of command. It could, the next day, be chopped to CJOC and deployed to the Med for Force Employment.
Yes, pretty much. The coming exercise in Europe (unclass sched) has Halifax, Toronto and VDQ all working there. VDQ is on "deployment". Toronto and Halifax are on workups to get to higher readiness tiers. VDQ could be called off for NATO and depending on equipment loadout Toronto or Halifax could be redirected to a real operation immediately (ie: Swiss Air Disaster). It wouldn't be the first time a RCN asset has gotten a rapid addition of kit and supplies to go do a mission.
My OC from 2PPCLI once mentioned some envy with the RCN until Afghanistan, were far more operationally capable then the army. As soon as a ship leaves the wall you are essentially on operations, intensity may vary...
Infanteer said:Again, I'm assuming there is a spectrum of risk for operational employment based on how much of the "readiness training" a ship has done in Force Generation. Is there formal events where "Sea Training" comes down to "check ride" a ship?
Yes they are called IMSRTs (lazily pronounced emserts) or traditionally "workups". IIRC there are other levels/variations of "workups" but the final hurdle to high readiness are IMSRTs.
Coles Notes Version: Sea Trainers embark on a ship and supervise/assist with the delivery of Combat Readiness Requirements that cover everything from damage control rounds, multiple attacks on the ship, to pyrotechnic demonstrations and training. Certain % of different trades and positions must be present to get that CRR checked off the list. Some are individual, some are team, some are ship CRR's. This is done over the course of about 20 days at sea, with some CRR's being able to get written off before the formal IMSRTs depending on the ships training schedule (ie: may already have qualified with the 57mm gun shoot during recent trials).
Sea Training are also there to help the ship through IMSRTs by implementing training, giving tips/advice from their senior experienced people and coach you along. This philosophy may be new to some old salts, but its the direction that they are heading right now. The kick in the pants option is still there but not the prefered way to start with.
Their evaluation of the ship on IMSRTs and recommendation holds a lot of weight with the Admiral on whether a ship can deploy and in some cases may lead to the replacement of key positions if those pers are not performing to standard.
Personally I believe that the Sea Training organization is one of the main reasons RCN ships on deployment are looked upon as valuable and key performers in multinational operations despite perhaps equipment age or limitations in some cases. They work hard to create SOP's and standards and then ensure the fleet meets those high standards and follows the SOP's. They can be a bit stodgy and slow to change sometimes but they are an extremely important part of Force Generation.