The Flag Officer Sea Training organisation has been renamed Fleet Operational Sea Training (still known as ‘FOST’), under the Command of Cdre Andrew Stacey.
FOST is a world centre of excellence for naval basic and advanced operational training and responsible for ensuring that Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels are fit to join the operational fleet.
Under Navy Transformation, the Flag Officer Sea Training organisation has been renamed Fleet Operational Sea Training (so still known as “FOST”!), under the Command of Cdre Andrew Stacey.
FOST: World-Class, World-Wide pic.twitter.com/sPkrlUQ5k1
— COM FOST – RN Training (@FOST) June 29, 2020
“As a result of the Royal Navy programme ‘Fleet First’, FOST became the single command responsible for all sea training. The submarine sea-training organisation came under FOST and surface ship training previously undertaken by Flag Officer Surface Flotilla and the squadron staffs also shifted to FOST. As well as training Royal Navy personnel, it has also been an important source of revenue in training foreign naval crews to handle and fight their vessels, with around one third of its work used in this capacity.”
FOST certifies crews and vessels as being sufficiently prepared for any eventuality through rigorous exercises and readiness inspections.