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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 30… Number 3, January 16, 2024

STORIES COVERED

In This Issue:

Mark Your Calendar:

Please Respond to Survey:

Attention All Mariners:

Job Opportunities:

And:

HOUTHIS STRIKE U.S.-OWNED VESSEL, THREATEN MORE ATTACKS

MV GIBRALTAR EAGLE, a bulk carrier owned and operated by a U.S. company, was struck on Monday by a missile fired by Houthi rebels.

Shipowner Eagle Bulk said in a statement that no one was injured in the attack, adding that “the vessel suffered limited damage to a cargo hold but is stable and is heading out of the area.”

ABC News quoted a Houthi spokesperson as saying that the group “consider[s] all American and British ships and warships participating in the aggression against our country as hostile targets within the target bank of our forces.”

On Jan. 11, the U.S. and the U.K. struck 28 locations and more than 60 targets in Houthi-controlled areas in an attempt to halt the attacks on merchant vessels that began in November.

The Navy destroyer USS CARNEY followed up on Jan. 13 with a Tomahawk missile attack on a Houthi radar site.

U.S. Air Forces Central Command said the strikes focused on the Houthi’s command and control nodes, munition depots, launching systems, production facilities, and air defense radar systems.

“These targeted strikes are a clear message that the United States and our partners will not tolerate attacks on our personnel or allow hostile actors to imperil freedom of navigation in one of the world’s most critical commercial routes,” President Biden said in a statement.

“I will not hesitate to direct further measures to protect our people and the free flow of international commerce as necessary.”

Multiple shipping companies have said they are pausing Red Sea transits.

INTERTANKO advised its members to avoid the Red Sea, citing the Combined Maritime Force warning that all ships should “stay well away from the Bab al Mandab and north of 16N.”

Qatar has announced that its LNG tankers will pause use of the Red Sea route.

Shell Oil company said early Tuesday that it was suspending Red Sea transits indefinitely.

On Tuesday, Greece said the Malta-flag ZOGRAFIA was struck as it headed to the Suez Canal.

The ship had no cargo on board and sustained only material damage, the Greek authorities said.
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ONGOING SEARCH FOR TWO NAVY SEALS MISSING OFF THE COAST OF SOMALIA

U.S. Central Command said Sunday that the search is continuing for two Navy SEALs who went missing on Jan. 11.

The two were part of a group conducting a night-time boarding and seizure operation on a fishing vessel suspected of smuggling weapons to Houthi militants in Yemen, The Washington Post has reported.

One of the SEALs was knocked off a ladder by a wave, and a teammate jumped into the water to help.

Officials confirmed that their mission was to interdict a shipment of Iranian-made weapons to Houthi militants, a regularly recurring interdiction task in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, and Gulf of Oman.

Several news outlets reported Tuesday that the team that carried out the boarding operation found Iranian missile parts aboard the dhow.

They said the initial analysis showed that they were the same type of weapons used by the Houthis “to threaten and attack innocent mariners on international merchant ships transiting in the Red Sea.”

“This is the first seizure of lethal, Iranian-supplied advanced conventional weapons to the Houthis since the beginning of Houthi attacks against merchant ships in November 2023,” CENTCOM said.

The search-and-rescue mission is being carried out in the Gulf of Aden between Somalia and Yemen.
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CREWMEMBERS OF TANKER SEIZED BY IRAN ARE SAFE, SHIPOWNER SAYS

The 19 members of the crew of the Suezmax tanker ST NIKOLAS are safe, shipowner Empire Navigation said on Saturday.

The Marshall Islands-flagged tanker, which was loaded with Iraqi crude destined for Turkey, was hijacked on Thursday.

United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations reported that the vessel was boarded 50 miles northeast of Sohar, Oman, by 4-5 armed, unauthorized individuals wearing black masks and black military style uniforms.

Iran said it seized the vessel in retaliation for the confiscation last year of the same vessel and its Iranian oil cargo by the United States in a sanctions’ enforcement operation.
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SOO LOCKS CLOSED FOR SEASONAL REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE

The Soo Locks closed to all marine traffic at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 15 for critical seasonal maintenance.

The locks will open again at 12:01 a.m. on March 25.

Federal regulation establishes the operating season based on the feasibility of vessels operating during typical Great Lakes ice conditions.

“Every year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers uses the non-navigation winter period to perform maintenance and keep the Soo Locks operating,” says USACE Maintenance Branch Chief Nicholas Pettit.

“The Detroit District team works long hours in extreme conditions to complete a significant amount of maintenance during this annual closure period.”

“The work they perform is unique, especially given the harsh northern Michigan winter conditions they work in.”
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GLOBAL SEAFARER, A PUBLICATION OF THE NAUTILUS FEDERATION, IS NOW ONLINE

The new issue of Global Seafarer, the quarterly publication of the Nautilus Federation, is now online. In this issue of Global Seafarer:

— after study of Polish mariners found that more than one-third had experienced traumatic incidents onboard their ships, maritime medical experts urge shipowners to do more to address the psychological wellbeing of crewmembers;

— Nautilus participates in the Maritime Just Transition Task Force, which aims to ensure seafarers are treated fairly in the transition to greener shipping;

— concerns continue over the risks of enclosed spaces and pilot transfer ladders.

The new issue of Global Seafarer is posted on bridgedeck.org under News and Announcements.
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PRESIDENT BIDEN RENOMINATES JULIE SU FOR U.S. SECRETARY OF LABOR

The administration said last week that President Biden has renominated Julie Su to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor.

Su was originally nominated last year, but her nomination has languished in the Senate for 10 months because of pressure from corporate CEOs who say she is not favorable to business interests.

Since then, Su has served as acting U.S. Secretary of Labor.

Last year her support was crucial in helping to negotiate an agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and employers belonging to the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

In 2022, she played a pivotal role in negotiations between labor unions and freight rail companies.

A civil rights attorney and the former head of California’s labor department, she is known for her efforts to defend workers from wage theft and expand their access to training programs.

“Whether working to strengthen apprenticeship programs or helping to negotiate agreements in industries from rails to ports to auto companies, Julie Su is advancing workers’ rights and getting the job done,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) said in a statement.

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GREAT LAKES & GULF MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON JAN. 24 IN CLEVELAND

There will be an MM&P Union meeting on Jan. 24 at 1800 at the Sachsenheim Hall, located at 7001 Denison Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, 44102.

All members and applicants are welcome and are encouraged to attend.

MM&P President Don Marcus and Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger are scheduled to be there, along with Ian Jones, who assists the MM&P Plan Office.

He will be bringing information and will discuss investments and retirement planning.

If you plan on attending, please let MM&P Great Lakes & Gulf Vice President Tom Bell know so he has a head count: tbell@bridgedeck.org.
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TWO-DAY OFFSHORE ORIENTATION COURSE IN LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH HALL ON FEB. 6-7

The Offshore Orientation Course will be held in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 6 and Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Participants in the course must attend both days.

The schedule is:

Tuesday, Feb. 6: 0930-1500

Wednesday, Feb. 7: 0930-1430

The address of the hall is:

533 N. Marine Ave., Ste A

Wilmington, CA 90744-5527

The phone is: 310-834-7201.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course.

All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are encouraged to take the course as soon as possible.

If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact Wendy Karnes: wkarnes@bridgedeck.org.
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ATLANTIC MARITIME GROUP IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL MEETING ON FEB. 14

There will be an Atlantic Maritime Group membership meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 1100 hours to 1300 hours.

You must be a member in good standing to participate in the meeting.

The meeting will be held both in person and virtually so that all interested parties can attend.

The in-person meeting will be held at the NY/NJ Union Hall, 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.

To receive a link to participate in the meeting virtually, you must register with AMG Representative Paulina Czernek before noon on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Her email address is: pczernek@bridgedeck.org.
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MAPPING OUR MARITIME FUTURE

Members of MM&P and the other unions that belong to the Nautilus Federation are asked to respond to a survey.

“The maritime industry is changing as the world seeks to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels,” Nautilus says.

“In July 2023, the International Maritime Organization agreed to reach ‘net-zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by around 2050.”

“Achieving this target will require technological changes—including the introduction or expansion of the use of alternative fuels—which have the potential to have a major impact on your working life as a maritime professional.”

“We are keen to hear your thoughts to ensure your voice is at the heart of these changes.”

“This survey will approximately take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.”

MM&P is one of the 22 maritime labor unions that belong to the Nautilus Federation.
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WELL-PAYING JOBS OFFERING PERMANENT EMPLOYMENT ARE AVAILABLE WITH MM&P ON THE GREAT LAKES AND IN COASTAL WATERS!

The MM&P United Inland Group has jobs available with Grand River Navigation, Weeks Marine, Cetacean Marine, and Key Lakes.

At Grand River Navigation on the Great Lakes, there are:

— licensed deck jobs for those with Great Lakes pilotage;

— jobs for open water mates with a Towing Officer Assessment Record (TOAR);

— licensed engineering jobs.

GRN now offers a signing/retention bonus of $3,000 to all mates and assistant engineers who complete the 2023 sailing season and return for the 2024 sailing season.

At Cetacean Marine, there are licensed and unlicensed engineering jobs.

At Weeks Marine, there are licensed and unlicensed engineering jobs aboard their growing fleet of dredges.

WMI is offering a $3,000 new hire sign-on bonus. It is payable in three payments of $1,000 each, the first $1,000 after the successful completion of the second hitch, the second $1,000 upon successful completion of the third hitch, and $1,000 upon successful completion of the fourth hitch.

Cross-shipping rights for Offshore applicants/members are available for licensed personnel, with sea time and points counting towards upgrading Offshore membership.

Key Lakes is looking for a mate with Great Lakes pilotage and an open-water mate.

The regular relief is for 30 days but could be modified if mutually agreed on.

These are long-term, permanent jobs.

For more information, go to the Jobs page on bridgedeck.org.

If you are interested, please contact UIG Vice President Tom Bell (tbell@bridgedeck.org or 216-776-1667) with any questions.
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OFFSHORE JOBS AVAILABLE

CM needed 45-60 days for HAINA PATRIOT, Early Return and PRO card.

2nd and 3rd Mate needed for USNS PILILAAU ASAP, Early return & PRO card.

Positions available aboard Patriot LMSR’s at all levels including new vessels SEAY and PILILAAU.

Members and applicants who are interested in MSC training, please sign up with MITAGS and for those who do not qualify for training benefits yet, please email Jeremy Hope, VP Gulf and Gov’t Contracts at jhope@bridgedeck.org with the subject line MSC TRAINING.
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ENGINEERING JOBS AVAILABLE OFFSHORE AND ON THE GREAT LAKES

There are openings for engineers in the MM&P Offshore fleet and the Great Lakes & Gulf Region.

For engineering jobs in the Offshore Group, contact Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin, tlarkin@bridgedeck.org, or 201-963-1900.

For engineering jobs on the Lakes, contact MM&P Great Lakes & Gulf Region Vice President Tom Bell, tbell@bridgedeck.org, or (216) 776-1667.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

For registration contact our Admissions Department: 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted

Class dates followed by an * are full
AB – Able Seaman (5-Day): 01/22/24, 01/29/24

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 03/04/24

AZIPOD (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 01/15/24*, 01/22/24, 05/06/24

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years): 01/29/24*, 03/18/24, 04/22/24, 06/10/24

BT-Refresher (3-day): 01/29/24*, 04/22/24, 06/10/24

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 04/15/24

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 01/29/24, 04/29/24, 06/24/24, 10/07/24, 12/09/24

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 01/22/24, 04/22/24, 06/17/24, 09/23/24, 12/16/24

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 02/05/24, 10/14/24

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations (5-Day): 02/26/24, 07/08/24

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 03/04/24, 07/15/24

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 03/11/24, 08/12/24, 11/11/24

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 03/18/24, 08/12/24, 11/04/24

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 03/11/24, 09/30/24

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 02/26/24, 10/28/24

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 02/19/24, 03/18/24, 04/08/24*, 05/06/24, 06/03/24, 07/08/24, 08/05/24, 09/09/24, 09/30/24, 11/04/24, 12/02/24

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 02/26/24, 03/25/24, 04/15/24, 05/13/24, 06/10/24, 07/15/24, 08/12/24, 09/16/24, 10/07/24, 11/11/24, 12/09/24

**SHS-ADV-I & II are now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 02/19/24, 11/18/24

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 03/18/24, 09/16/24

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) –01/27/24

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **

Online: Not Currently Scheduled

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: Not Currently Scheduled

CNAV-OIC– Celestial Navigation (15-Day): 05/06/24

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 02/05/24

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 04/08/24, 12/09/24

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day): 02/19/24, 03/24/24

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 05/06/24

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 01/31/24, 03/20/24, 04/24/24, 06/12/24

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 02/01/24, 04/25/24, 06/13/24

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 02/02/24

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): Not Currently Scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 03/04/24, 07/22/24

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 02/05/24

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross

Ton License (15-Day): 06/03/24

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

LNG-BADV – Basic and Advanced IGF Code Operations (3 Day): 02/07/24, 02/12/24*, 03/11/24*

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 04/04/24

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments /not included): 04/01/24, 12/02/24

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 04/01/24, 05/13/24, 08/19/24, 09/30/24

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 01/22/24, 03/18/24, 05/26/24, 07/29/24, 11/18/24

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5-Day): 04/01/24, 05/13/24, 07/08/24, 08/19/24

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 01/27/24, 03/14/24, 03/23/24, 04/06/24, 05/05/24, 05/18/24

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 02/29/24, 05/09/24, 06/07/24, 08/08/24, 09/12/24, 10/31/24

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 03/01/24, 05/10/24, 06/07/24, 08/09/24, 09/13/24, 11/01/24

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day – Evening Class): 03/01/24, 05/10/24, 06/07/24, 08/09/24, 09/13/24, 11/01/24

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 03/04/24, 05/13/24, 06/10/24, 07/15/24, 08/12/24, 09/16/24, 11/04/24

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour): 03/02/24, 05/11/24, 06/08/24, 08/10/24, 09/14/24, 11/02/24

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day): 03/03/24, 05/12/24, 06/09/24, 07/14/24, 08/11/24, 09/15/24, 11/03/24

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day): 03/08/24, 05/17/24, 06/14/24, 07/19/24, 08/16/24, 09/20/24, 11/08/24

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day): 01/22/24*, 01/24/24*, 01/26/24*, 03/12/24, 03/14/24, 05/15/24*, 05/17/24, 08/19/24, 08/21/24, 12/09/24, 12/11/24

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) (5-Day): 01/29/24, 02/05/24

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day): 01/25/24, 04/18/24

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day): Not Currently Scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 01/31/24, 04/24/24, 06/12/24

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 01/29/24, 02/26/24

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 04/01/24

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 04/29/24

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day): 03/04/24

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 04/05/24

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 02/05/24

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 01/29/24, 03/04/24

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

TTT – ** NOT covered by the MATES Program **: Not Currently Scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Not Currently Scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 02/19/24

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 04/22/24
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MITAGS–WEST ACADEMIC NOTES

You can enroll online at www.mitags.org or contact our Admissions Department 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

January 2024

8-12 Basic Training

15-18 Advanced Firefighting

22-26 Leadership & Managerial Skills

29-30 Basic Training Revalidation

29-31 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

29-2 Medical Care Provider

29-9 Medical Person-In-Charge

31st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

February 2024

5-23 Celestial Navigation

7-9 RFPNW

19-23 Basic Training

19-1 GMDSS

19-23 Advanced Shiphandling I

26-27 Basic Training Revalidation

26-1 Advanced Shiphandling II

26-1 Able Seaman

28th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

March 2024

4-8 Meteorology – Operational Level

4-8 Advanced Stability

6-8 RFPNW

14th Flashing Light Assessment

18-22 Basic Training

25-26 Basic Training Revalidation

25-29 Able Seaman

27th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

April 2024

1-4 Advanced Firefighting

8-12 ECDIS

22-23 Basic Training Revalidation

24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

May 2024

6-10 Basic Training

13-17 Medical Care Provider

13-24 Medical Person-In-Charge

20-22 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

30-31 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

June 2024

1-2 Basic Training Revalidation

1-3 Basic Training Refresher

3rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

3-7 Basic Training

3-21 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation

24-25 Basic Training Revalidation

26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
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