Sunday, November 6, 2011
The Marine Training Centre, Tarawa
The MTC in Batio (pronounced Base-O)
gives I-Kiribati (pronounced E-Kee ree bus) young men training
which enables them to gain employment
in various capacities as ship's crew members.
Training is for 18 months, and the cadets, ranging in age
from about 18 to 28, come from all the islands of Kiribati.
I know the next time I see crew on a ship,
I will certainly look at them differently.
Here you see some cadets training on the Bridge Simulator.
And the navigation simulator ...
Yes, all cadets are known by a number ...
and they dress appropriately for the climate and job.
The centre is run like a ship, with two parades a day.
The cadets live on campus and get shore leave on weekends ...
if they earn it!
Usually a nice breeze blowing ...
won't get any complaints from me!