Police officer review rope work during a training session with the Royal Navy last week. - Photo: RCIPS

The Royal Navy is conducting a maritime small craft instructor training program in Cayman for Caribbean police and fire officers.

Members from the Royal Navy International Defense Maritime Training Team are carrying out the three-week program, which began last week. The program includes participants from the Joint Marine Unit, Fire Service and all of the Caribbean British Overseas Territories, with the exception of Anguilla, the RCIPS said in a statement.

“The training program includes sessions on craft handling by day and night, navigation, splicing and whipping, sea survival, search and rescue, distress signals, instructor training and other relevant topics, while the third week focuses on engineering,” according to the RCIPS.

Four instructors are conducting the program for 17 students, including seven from the local Joint Marine Unit and the Fire Service, four from Turks and Caicos, and two each from the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, and Montserrat.

Warrant Officer Martin “Wolfie” Power is heading up the program, which was previously held in Cayman in 2015.

“We are happy to be back in the Cayman Islands. The Joint Marine Unit here is well-established and highly regarded in the region, with vessels and facilities that make it suitable for hosting this program,” said Warrant Officer Power in the press release. “Some of the students attending this session, both from Cayman and some of the other countries, were also present for the session in 2015. It’s great to see the improvements they’ve made since that time.”

Acting Inspector Demenian Maxwell of the Joint Marine Unit described the program as “a special opportunity for us to further develop the capabilities of our officers and to network with fellow officers from the other overseas territories.”

“This training will also serve in the planned transition of the Joint Marine Unit into a national Coast Guard, and will give them the necessary knowledge to instruct and train their own staff,” Warrant Officer Power added.