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Final passing-out-parade of the year for BRNC

16 December 2016
A group of 127 newly commissioned Royal Navy officers have been reunited with their families for Christmas after completing their training at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC).

General Gordon Messenger, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff was invited to inspect the Officers on parade and take the salute in front of a gathering of over 800 guests, including families and friends and representatives from Chile and Uruguay.

The commissioning Royal Navy Officers included 17 new Medical Officers, three new members of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service and 15 Officers who started their naval careers as junior ratings.

The parade also consisted of 15 new recruits to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Service and 34 international cadets from 13 nations, who have trained alongside their Royal Navy counterparts during the 30-week intensive course.

This year BRNC has provided initial naval training for nearly 500 cadets destined for careers with the Royal Navy, the RFA or overseas naval and defence forces.

In addition the Royal Naval Leadership Academy has provided professional development courses for almost 6,000 Officers and Ratings across the Service.  Members of the Royal Naval Reserve and the Cadet Forces have also had extensive use of the facilities at the College.

This is our third and final Passing-Out-Parade of 2016; it brings to an end another busy year for the College. 2017 promises to be equally as busy, as we continue to grow the Royal Navy in preparation for the introduction of the Queen Elizabeth class Aircraft Carriers and the other new ships, submarines and aircraft that are on order.

Captain Jol Woodard

General Gordon Messenger, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff was invited to inspect the Officers on parade and take the salute in front of a gathering of over 800 guests, including families and friends and representatives from Chile and Uruguay.

The commissioning Royal Navy Officers included 17 new Medical Officers, three new members of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service and 15 Officers who started their naval careers as junior ratings.

The parade also consisted of 15 new recruits to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Service and 34 international cadets from 13 nations, who have trained alongside their Royal Navy counterparts during the 30-week intensive course.

This year BRNC has provided initial naval training for nearly 500 cadets destined for careers with the Royal Navy, the RFA or overseas naval and defence forces. In addition the Royal Naval Leadership Academy has provided professional development courses for almost 6,000 Officers and Ratings across the Service.

Members of the Royal Naval Reserve and the Cadet Forces have also had extensive use of the facilities at the College.

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