The Royal Navy say that HMS Sutherland and her Merlin helicopter “plus one submarine” are taking part in Perisher – the demanding course which “determines whether prospective commanders have the right stuff”.
Those who pass the assessment will go on to command a submarine.
According to a Royal Navy news release:
“Much of Perisher – officially the Submarine Command Course – takes place in classrooms and simulators ashore as an experienced skipper, known as ‘Teacher’, and his staff put a select group of officers through their paces over several months. For the final few weeks, the course shifts to a submarine with real warships posing as adversaries to give the students and the hunters a thorough workout in shallow, confined waters and the open ocean.”
“While there always has been an intense – but friendly – rivalry between the surface and submarine fleets, there also has been a large amount of professional respect and admiration,” said Lieutenant Commander Dan O’Connell, HMS Sutherland’s principal underwater warfare officer.
“Being an active part of Perisher has been a great opportunity for the Fighting Clan to test herself against the best potential submarine commanders that the Royal Navy has to offer, and allowed Sutherland to remain at the cutting edge of anti-submarine warfare. We hope that we have provided adequate opposition to the submariners – and helped to maintain the reputation of Perisher as the hardest and most realistic submarine command course in the world.”