Established in Lanvéoc, Western Brittany, after World War II, the French Naval Academy sits along the roadstead, or bay, of Brest. This large bay of 70 square miles, deep water, and an abundance of visual navigation aids is an ideal location for the school’s training area of operations. With a focus on the basic building blocks of navigation, the frequent use of training ships, and an intense curriculum that includes a four-month deployment, the French Naval Academy prioritizes the development of sound seamanship among its officer ranks.
French Mids Drive Ships
By Lieutenant Commander Michelle Mecklenburg, U.S. Navy