Members of Inzpire including CEO Hugh Griffiths (second from right) and Director of Operations Jonny Priest (second from left) on board HMS PRINCE OF WALES.
Inzpire employees, including CEO Hugh Griffiths and Director of Operations Jonny Priest, were welcomed on board HMS PRINCE OF WALES, the latest of the new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers last week.
The visitors embarked alongside in Portsmouth Naval Base where they were given a tour of the £6bn warship by members of Inzpire’s maritime division.
The visit began with a brief on flight deck operations, including the generational leap from previous Royal Navy (RN) carrier aviation. The Prince of Wales offers an incredible range of tactical, operational and strategic uses, from the obvious strike warfare through to a fantastic platform for “soft power” – diplomacy, trade, or a platform from which humanitarian support can be conducted.
Next on the tour was an explanation of how damage control is conducted on board a ship of this size. The expertise of the Ship’s company over a huge range of systems was evident, as were the vast training requirements to enable everyone to act to preserve the Ship in the event of an emergency. Every sailor, from the Captain through to the newest recruit, is trained in firefighting, flood fighting, first aid and a range of other emergency responses.
After heading into the depths of the ship, the Inzpire team were fortunate to be welcomed into the Wardroom (Officers' mess). An impressive area where the Officers, both Ship’s company and embarked forces, can relax and enjoy downtime.
The visit provided senior members of Inzpire an opportunity to spend time discussing the Royal Navy future operating concept and the transition to a task group-focussed Navy. These topics are key to ensuring the right focus of both the maritime division, and Inzpire itself.
Inzpire’s maritime division provided an understanding of the collective training requirements that the team has been a part of developing through exercises such as Strike Warrior, and the future of training delivery as the Navy continues its evolution with new classes of ship and new innovative means of training its sailors to fight and win.
The company's maritime experts have been working closely with the RN’s Fleet Operational Sea Training (FOST) organisation to develop the way training is conducted, where with our team assisting with exercise management as well as training design.
The visit to HMS PRINCE OF WALES was a great success, and everyone left with a greater understanding of the scale of capability presented by the two Aircraft Carriers and how they impact the Navy’s future operational concept.
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