December 2015 Passing-out Parade

  • Author: Nichola Winstanley
  • Date: Thursday 17th December 2015
December 2015 Passing-out Parade December 2015 Passing-out Parade

Cadets from four continents were on parade at Britannia Royal Naval College just before Christmas as the college held its final graduation of the year.

The Head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, the First Sea Lord, was inspecting officer for the parade which marked the successful end of training for 94 Royal Navy Officers, 30 Officers for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and 29 international students, representing 12 nations. The international students included His Highness Isa Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, the son of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, The Crown Prince of Bahrain, who was among the guests along with other members of the Royal Family.

Speaking at the parade Admiral Zambellas told the Young Officers that wherever their journey takes them, the reputation of BRNC will precede them, built on 500 years of Royal Naval history.

He said: But our task, and now yours, is to match the pride you feel toward our past, with a fearless ambition for our future - ambition for your success as an individual; but also ambition for the Royal Navy's part in our Nation's future. We will soon become one of only a tiny handful of navies in the world charged with delivering both Continuous Nuclear Deterrence, and Continuous Carrier Strike. HMS Queen Elizabeth and her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, each represent more than 65,000 tonnes of military might. They are symbols of our Nation's rediscovered self-belief. Far from withdrawing from the world, Britain's maritime star is in the ascendane. Your leadership, your imagination, can bring the Royal Navy's astonishing capabilities alive, to support defence and security, diplomacy and influence, trade and prosperity. You have the ability to turn raw military power into global authority. You personally and collectively will put the 'Great' into Great Britain. Your most important responsibility as an Officer is to ensure you, and those who serve under you, are always ready to fight and win."

At the end of the parade Admiral Zambellas presented The Crown Prince with an album containing photographs of his son throughout the course as a momento of his training.

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