To see the world, to feel the power of the ocean wave and to overcome all the trials by the sea …

13 Aug 2019 ID:4600 Переглядів:320

The cadets of the Naval Institute of the National University “Odessa Naval Academy” Roman Bujar and Michael Briccar returned to Ukraine after more than three months of naval practice on the Romanian training vessel “Mircea”. During this time, future officers gained incredible experience, traveled over 8.5 thousand nautical miles, crossed Gibraltar twice, visited ports of Italy, Spain, Turkey, France, the Netherlands, Germany. About the course of the maritime service on the sailing vessel during these 96 days is further in the material.
One of the interesting, and at the same time difficult, moments that Roman remembered happened during the storm. The ship began to roll on board, and it was necessary to raise the top two sails. Upon receiving the assignment, our boys climbed to the highest position and for almost fifteen minutes could not pull up the sail.
– The strong wind did not allow to set it as it should, the ship was swinging from side to side, and it was necessary to hold on tight. The main thing here is not to panic, so we started to wait for a break between gusts: the wind was blowing a little – we were pulling up the ropes, the wind was increasing again – we were holding firmly. And so little by little, by the centimeter we managed. After experiencing such a test, incredible feelings. Also among such clear positives was the level of English proficiency, as all internal and external communication was in English. And of course, experience with sails, especially on the tallest masts.
According to Roman, each cadet was assigned to its mast, the Ukrainian cadets were mostly responsible for one of the upper, Romanian sailors called it “ranunika”, which translates as a swallow, and it has a height of 45 meters.
Roman was born in Omsk, lived in Simferopol for a long time, graduated from the Lviv Military Lyceum. In 2014, when Russian aggression began, he left the peninsula and joined the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The man fought for two years as part of the 79th Detachment Assault Brigade and the 57th Detachment Infantry Brigade. In 2016 he joined the Navy Institute; now Roman is thirty years old, he has just moved on to his third year.
– I like artillery, I think that large caliber can solve a lot of problems on the battlefield, I know from personal experience. Therefore, he chose the specialty “rocketry”, – says Roman. – And yet, during the maritime campaign, we stood on absolutely all the watches, the galley, the alarms, the upper deck, the escalators and more. For the first month we worked only with maps, and then we started using systems such as AIS, ACDIS, to keep watch and ship documentation, to conduct radio talks with other vessels.
On the Mircea board, besides Romanian and Ukrainian cadets, there were representatives from many other countries. Cadets from Bulgaria, Albania, Turkey, Poland, France, Portugal and China worked together as one crew. For 96 days of the campaign, future officers were able to learn about the traditions of the Romanian fleet, to see the world. 8.6 thousand nautical miles along the coast of Europe, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles, Gibraltar, the Black, the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and this is not a complete list of what has been traveled and seen.
– One day, when we were crossing the Atlantic Ocean, a strong storm began, the height of the waves was six points, the wind was over 20 meters per second, – said Michael Briccar. – Roman and I were assigned that day to those responsible for one of the lower sails (the Romanian it is called “vergamale”), which is the largest and most difficult on the ship. In fact, at least five people manage such a sail, but for some reason there were three of us there that day. So, at the command of the commander and with the help of ropes, we increased or decreased the tension, that is, you release the rope from the wreckage (special fastening – the bus) and hold until the next command, and at this time the wind just rips it out of your hands. Despite the fact that we were in gloves, I began to realize that there was a little more – and the hands just could not stand. However, it could not be released in any way, as it would damage the sail, which costs a lot of money, would further complicate the management of the ship during a storm, which is, in principle, the worst case scenario. However, the senior assistant saw the situation we were in and rushed to our rescue, without any teams, other cadets from other countries came up to us, and together we managed to sail and continue the movement. This is what is most remembered: the multinational spirit of maritime fraternity, when people from different countries, despite their rank and age, help each other, work as a team and, where necessary, put their shoulder together.
Mikhail is a native of the Odessa region, in 2016 he graduated from the Odessa Naval Lyceum and joined the Navy Institute the same year. He is a navigator by specialty. According to him, the most useful in the hike were just navigation lessons and a watch on the main command bridge.

– Romanian cadets were not very fond of watch on the bridge and in every way tried to avoid it. I don’t know, maybe they didn’t want to stay close to their commanders for a long time, and maybe they didn’t want to be indoors when the beauty was around. – smiles Michael. – For me, it was an opportunity to gain more knowledge and experience. I approached the officer who wrote the watch, and always asked for a bridge. There was no special competition – and I got what I wanted. This is not just about navigation, though it is certainly important. The main bridge is the place from which the ship is controlled, where all commands and signals are given, and all activities are organized. It was the organization I wanted to see and remember. For example, they connect with other ships and shore centers, in which sequence they are given commands, how often they check bearings, and so on. All these details were very useful, and I have taken a great deal of armor, and I hope to use this experience in my future officer’s service in the future.