Final Passing-out Parade of 2014

  • Author: Nichola Winstanley
  • Date: Tuesday 3rd February 2015
Final Passing-out Parade of 2014

The Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral David Steel, took the salute at the final passing-out-parade of 2014 at Britannia Royal Naval College

The occasion marked the formal commissioning of around 130 newly qualified Officers including Britannia Association member Midshipman Sam Smith, from Kingsbridge. The 22-year-old and his fellow Officers stood proudly on the parade ground, watched by around 600 guests, as they were inspected by the Second Sea Lord.

Mid Smith embarked on his Royal Navy earlier this year.  He spent the final 10 weeks of his 30 weeks initial naval training course assigned to the Helicopter Carrier, HMS Ocean, operating in UK waters. 

Mid Smith said:  “Being raised by the sea gave me a deep passion for anything that will get me on or below the water, this together with my desire to be a leader of men and women guided me to the decision to pursue a career as a Mine Clearance Diving Officer in the Royal Navy.  Getting into Dartmouth is challenging enough and it’s an environment that creates world class leaders, expectations are high and the learning curve is steep. You have to give the course all your concentration and dedicate yourself to learning what is needed of you. Meeting my division and getting to know them over the course of training was a highlight. Training is one of the best parts of my life so far and I’ll go forward with the skills and knowledge I’ve picked up at the College to what I hope will be, a promising and fulfilling career.”

The Commanding Officer of BRNC, Captain Henry Duffy, said:  “This parade is the culmination of another busy year for the College.  In total over 400 have completed training here with us.  While the majority of them have been destined for careers in the Royal Navy, we have also provided training for a number of international cadets from various Gulf states, Africa and the Caribbean.  That figure also includes Royal Fleet Auxiliary Cadets who have completed their own bespoke training programme, based on our 30-week initial naval training course for Royal Navy Officers.  Concurrent activity has seen the Royal Navy Leadership Academy providing dedicated training for Officers and Senior Ratings in order to prepare them for promotion.   While those on the parade ground should be congratulated on achieving the high standards that we require, we must remember that they would not have done so without the support and commitment of our dedicated instructors here at BRNC.  We now look forward to our return in the New Year for what I’m sure will be another exciting year of training young officers with the spirit to fight and win.”

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