First Sea Lord Salutes Young officers

  • Author: Nichola Winstanley
  • Date: Wednesday 20th May 2015
First Sea Lord Salutes Young officers First Sea Lord Salutes Young officers First Sea Lord Salutes Young officers

Around 550 families and friends have gathered at BRNC to witness The Lord High Admiral’s Divisions in late April.

The parade marked the completion of training for 118 Cadets, 22 of whom were new Officers for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, was the guest of honour representing His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, The Lord High Admiral.  Admiral Zambellas inspected the newly commissioned Officers, presented prizes to the top students and took the salute during the march past. 

Addressing the parade the First Sea Lord spoke of how the Service has developed since he completed his own initial training at BRNC in 1980.  He said:  “It seems like only yesterday that I stood where you are to join the Royal Navy. But, sadly it was a bit longer ago than that. The ships were steam-powered and the guided missiles were first generation.  But the Royal Navy you join is very different and changing fast.  It will be a navy of superlatives: the world’s quietest submarines; the most technologically advanced surface ships, aircraft and autonomous vehicles, the two largest aircraft carriers the UK has ever put to sea, and for you in the RFA, four brand new tankers, the first launched this October, with more to come.”

Admiral Zambellas went on to congratulate the Cadets on their achievements.  He said; “You are the best educated, best trained generation of officers yet, ready to take charge of incredible change and incredible responsibility. Ready to join and shape a credible Royal Navy, trusted with strategic responsibility for our nation’s defence and our nation’s global authority.”

Captain Henry Duffy, The Commanding Officer of BRNC, said:"They have been tested, stretched and assessed in a wide range of challenges, from Dartmoor to river to classroom. Now we deem them fit and ready to proceed from the College to the more specialised training centres, preparing them for their future roles, whether that be as warfare officers, aviators, logisticians, engineers, medical personnel or naval chaplains.  BRNC has prepared them well to continue this journey of professional and personal development. This is a springboard them on their way to a unique and very special career.  I wish them all the best of luck.”

Lord High Admiral’s Divisions is the most prestigious parade of the BRNC calendar.  The title Lord High Admiral dates back to the 14th Century and was conferred to The Duke of Edinburgh by Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of his 90th birthday in 2011.

To coincide with the parade the Navy Board met at BRNC the previous day. They took the opportunity to hold a 'Town Hall Meeting' in Casper John Hall where Admiral Zambellas introduced each board member and gave a short inspirational speech before inviting questions from the floor. A rare opportunity for the officer Cadets which was truly appreciated by all in attendance with many and varied questions being asked and answered by the relevant board member.

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