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Dartmouth shines for new naval leaders at pass-out parade

12 August 2022
There are 140 men and women ready to lead the navies of tomorrow after passing out of Britannia Royal Naval College – spiritual home of the Royal Navy’s Officer Corps.

Families and friends were in Dartmouth to witness the formal end of training on a magnificent day of pomp, ceremony and sunshine in Devon.
 
Of the 140 personnel on parade were 81 Officer Cadets who had completed the intensive 29-week course which turns them from civilians into junior naval officers as they are tested in a variety of scenarios: in the classroom, on Dartmoor, the River Dart and at sea on board an operational warship.  
 
They were joined by 13 International students as well as 16 new officers for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary service – which operates ships supporting the Royal Navy’s warships around the globe – plus 30 former ratings selected for promotion to the Officer Corps. All the groups have completed their own bespoke training courses.
 
Taking the salute was Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Martin Connell along with Rear Admiral Jude Terry, Director People and Training and Naval Secretary. They were hosted by the Commanding Officer of BRNC, Captain Sarah Oakley.
 
“Today marks a significant milestone in the lives of all the Officer Cadets on parade today,” said Captain Oakley. “It marks the culmination of their successful journey at Dartmouth through Britannia Royal Naval College and also the start of the next phase of their careers in the Royal Navy. Everyone has stories to tell, memories to share about their experiences during training which will shape their futures.

Training at Dartmouth has many physical, emotional and mental challenges, but it’s the moments we’re all together that has got us through it all. I’ve cherished the comradeship and leadership, which have made my journey both rewarding and memorable.

Kimberley Sharp

“Passing out at BRNC is a great achievement and a proud moment for all those involved who have given 100 per cent to meet the stringent standards. I wish to thank their families and friends who have encouraged and supported them, and my staff who have worked hard to ensure the Cadets reach their goals and realise their potential.”
 
Two of those who passed out were Officer Cadet Kimberley Sharpe from Shropshire and Officer Cadet Paddy McGrath from Birmingham. They are both looking forward to the next phase of their training in the Royal Navy. 
 
“The most enjoyable parts of training are also the most arduous,” said 22-year-old Paddy. “During some of the exercises away from the college we got very cold and wet, but we got through these times together and I was the proudest person today as we march up the steps and in through the college doors at the end.
 
“I’m looking to qualify as a weapons engineer and very keen to get into the Fleet and begin my work as an officer. I think what excites me most is the chance to work alongside a variety of people from countless different backgrounds.”
 
Kimberley Sharp, aged 28, has joined the Royal Navy as a Nursing Officer and has also enjoyed her time at BRNC. “Training at Dartmouth has many physical, emotional and mental challenges, but it’s the moments we’re all together that has got us through it all. I’ve cherished the comradeship and leadership, which have made my journey both rewarding and memorable.
 
“Certainly, my proudest moment was during the final assessment exercise when I put my nursing skills and knowledge to good use and oversaw all the exercise casualties. The injured were treated in real time and it was satisfying to be recognised for my role during the exercise, it was a highlight of my training.”

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