BASIC NAVAL TRAINING
Primary objectives of basic naval training are to enable the cadets to adopt seamanship as their own lifestyle, apply the theoretical knowledge acquired in classroom activities to real conditions and perform seamen, petty officer and officer duties on board. Applied training during an academic year is performed on:
- .Patrol boats
- .School ships
- .Ship-handling simulator.
Each cadet is required to have on-the-job training on board for a week during both first and second semesters. First year cadets receive basic naval training related to standard commands in navigation and several drills on school ships as well as at the ship-handling simulator. Second year cadets perform seamen recruit and junior petty officer duties on board. Third year cadets serve as petty officers on training boats and fourth year cadets assume officer duties on board.
TRAINING ON FLEET SHIPS
The primary objective of training on fleet ship is to introduce the ships and weapon systems used in the Turkish Navy as well the living quarters on board. Another objective of this programme is to enable them to improve theoretical information through application in real conditions for the purpose of enabling them to adapt themselves to their first assignments on board.
This training is performed on frigates, destroyers, fast patrol boats, submarines, mine sweepers and layers in the end of each semester for a week. Some aviation units, such as helicopters, join this training.
This training is given to those who have finished their first year training successfully. It is performed during the summer quarter by visiting several ports in the Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara, the Aegean and East Mediterrian Sea. This training programme is performed to review the seaman recruit tasks, apply the duties performed by junior petty officers, enable the cadets to adapt themselves to the conditions on board and introduce the national as well as international ports in order to promote the culture and representation ability of the cadets. This programme is applied for five weeks.
Third year cadets undergo a four-week training program including Mediterrian, East Atlantic and North European ports abroad. Enabling them to learn petty officer duties on board. This training is given for four weeks. During their training, cadets also visit historical and touristical attractions of the host country and they participate social activities.
ON THE JOB TRAINING FOR THE SECOND YEAR CADETS
Second year cadets go through a five-week training for learning the principles of cargo handling and law courses, which are not included in the curriculum, but are requisites in order to be qualified in accordance with IMO regulations. During that five-week period, navigation, training on patrol and sailboats as well as visits to several naval units are carried out after classes.
SAILING AND ROWING TRAINING
Seamanship training is given to the midshipmen according to certain programme on several yachts, sailing and rowing boats. First year students use the rowing boats, second and third year students perform this training on sailing boats and fourth year students navigate with yachts. All those who undergo sailing and rowing training are supposed to improve their seamanship skills as well as provide experience to enable them to survive adverse sea and weather conditions. Moreover, sailing and rowing teams participate in national and international races.
Fourth year cadets take a five-week fleet training on board ships assigned by the fleet command during the summer training period upon completion of the academic year. These ships are determined by considering the divisions that the graduates are going to be assigned to. Fleet training is provided in order to prepare the officer candidates for duties on board before giving them full responsibility.