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New naval officers complete training at BRNC

11 August 2016
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A group of 132 new Naval Officers have marked the end of their training with a parade at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC).

Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock, the Second Sea Lord, was the guest of honour at the parade, which was attended by families and friends and other distinguished guests.

 The newly commissioned Royal Naval Officers were joined on parade by 18 new recruits to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service.

Addressing the parade, Vice Admiral Woodcock said:  “It is a great honour to be here today to take your salute and witness your completion of your initial officer training. 

"For those of you joining the Royal Navy and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, you have joined the best Navy in the world at a very exciting time.

"As I look at you I see the future leaders of our great Service. I welcome each and every one of you to the Service and I thank you now for the service I know you will give this Great Nation. 

"You will not let us down.”

As I look at you I see the future leaders of our great Service. I welcome each and every one of you to the Service and I thank you now for the service I know you will give this Great Nation.

Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock

Also on parade were 10 international Cadets from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Qatari Emiri, Albania, Libya, the Philippines and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, who had trained alongside their UK counterparts.

The parade was the final one of Captain Henry Duffy’s tenure in Command of the College.  He is due to handover to his successor in September. 

Capt Duffy said:  “Every parade at BRNC is a special occasion. 

"It is the culmination of 30-weeks hard work not just for the Cadets, but also for my staff who have guided these young Officers as they have made the transition from civilians into military leaders, with the spirit to fight and win. 

"The Cadets have been tested, stretched and assessed in a wide range of challenges from Dartmoor to river to classroom and have met the extremely high standards we demand here at BRNC. 

"They can now look forward to an exciting future.”

The successful Officers are now ready to proceed from the College to the more specialised training centres, preparing them for their future roles, as Warfare Officers, Aviators, Logisticians, Engineers or Medical personnel.

They were joined on parade by other Cadets at various stages of their training.  Music was provided by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines under the direction of Major Richard Long.

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