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Students get taste of Navy.

Huge helicopter carrier HMS Ocean is sailing into the Wear for a five-day visit to renew links with its adopted city.

Ocean berths on Friday and on Saturday 160 students will be finding out what life is like on board the Royal Navy vessel.

Students will take part in a range of tough activities including fast boat rides, circuit training and unarmed combat training from Royal Marines based on the vessel.

HMS Ocean's commander, Captain Tony Johnstone-Burt, said: "The crew look forward to any opportunity to return to Sunderland and renew our friendships with the local people. We're delighted to welcome the students on board to give them a taste of life in the Navy and, particularly, the demanding role the Royal Marine Commandos play."

Among those taking part in the event are New College Durham, Newcastle College and ACE 2000 Military Preparation Course members.

Commandant General Royal Marines, Major General James Dutton, said: "This is the latest in a UK-wide programme of Meet the Marines events, which aim to offer people a chance to meet Britain's Commandos and get a feel for what they do.

"The amphibious infantry of the Royal Navy is one of the world's elite fighting forces." On Sunday, Ocean is open to visitors, 10am-5pm.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 16, 2005
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