Photo: Training Ship Tenacious under sail.
The Royal Navy reports,
For the first time in decades Royal Navy sailors are learning the art of seafaring on a traditional tall ship.
The use of the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s Tenacious is helping to plug the gap left by the closure of the Navy’s command and leadership school in the Brecon Beacons due to the pandemic.
“In a difficult period for Royal Navy training due to the pandemic, the use of the Jubilee Sailing Trust has allowed us to continue to provide top quality core leadership and team training in a maritime context,” said Commander Adrian Coulthard from the Navy’s training organisation.
Information on the ship here. Remarkably she is a wooden ship completed in 2000.
(Contrary to the claim in the Wikipedia article, she is not the largest wooden ship afloat, unless both USS Constitution and USS Constellation happen to be in dry dock at the same time.)
The RN is an outlier when it comes to sail training as most other major navies have a sailing ship for training. And the RN doesn’t always have a conventional training ship again like many other navies. I think HMS Severn is being used for navigation training at the moment.