These “training ships” and cadet cruises (where there are too many kids onboard to get any meaningful experience) are a waste of time and money.
The construction of these new mega millions, bullshit “National Security”, but actually useless training ships should be cancelled.
Cadet shipping is the only realistic and affordable way to go. If there are not enough ships and cadet berths available that should tell us something: we are training too many deep sea mariners for non-existent jobs.
If more cadet berths are needed there is a simple low cost solution: change the rules and put the cadets on ships of the American owned and managed flag of convenience fleet.