Autumn Pass-out Parade

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  • Date: Monday 3rd November 2014
Autumn Pass-out Parade Autumn Pass-out Parade

Torrential showers did not dampen the spirits at Britannia Royal Navy College in early October, as families and friends from around the world gathered to watch the Passing-out Parade of the latest group of Officer Cadets to complete initial training.

The sun was shining as the 77 Officers marched onto BRNC’s historic parade ground. Among the number were 60 destined for careers as Royal Navy Officers, including 14 promoted from the ranks; 17 of the Cadets were from overseas navies with a total of 12 countries represented ranging from Bahrain, Ghana and Senegal.

Guest of honour at the parade was Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, who was invited to inspect the Officers on parade just before the rain started to fall. 

The Commanding Officer of BRNC, Captain Henry Duffy, said: “These young men and women have achieved the highest standards over the last 30 weeks whilst we have challenged them both physically and mentally.  The international dimension is really important because life is international and the Cadets commissioning will undoubtedly have the opportunity to work with the people they’ve trained with in the future.  These young Officers now have a wonderful and exciting journey ahead of them.”

The Britannia Association Sword was presented during the parade to Sub Lieutenant Jay Jay Rainford Royal Navy. The presentation was made by Mr Ian Palmer, son of the late Commander John Palmer. A Supply and Secretariat Officer Cdr Palmer passed through the College from 1947 to 51 and retired in 1995. He passed away in 2012 when his family decided to donate his ceremonial sword for further presentation.

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