Final Parade of 2016

  • Author: Nichola Winstanley
  • Date: Monday 25th January 2016
Final Parade of 2016

A group of 127 newly commissioned Royal Navy officers were reunited with their families for Christmas after completing their training at BRNC. Among their number were 17 new Medical Officers, three new members of the Queen Alexandra's nursing Service and 15 who started their naval careers as junior ratings.

The parade also consisted of 15 new recruits to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and 34 international cadets from 13 different nations, who had trainind alongside their RN counterparts for 30 weeks.

General Gordon Messenger, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff inspected the parade and took the salute as they marched past in front of over 800 guests, including families and friends and representatives from Chile, Uruguay and Nigeria.

During 2016 BRNC has provided initial naval training for nearly 500 cadets destined for careers within the RN, the RFA or overseas naval and defence forces. In addition the Royal Naval Leadership Academy has provided professional development courses for almost 6,000 Officers and Ratings across the Service. Members of the Royal Naval Reserve and the Cadet Forceshave also had extensive use of the facilities at the College.

Captain Jol Woodard, the Commanding Officer of BRNC, said: "This is our third and final Passing-Out-Parade of 2016; it brings to an end another busy year for the COllege. 2017 promises to be equally busy, as we continue to grow the Royal Navy in preparation for the introduction of the Queen Elizabeth class Aircraft Carriers and the other new ships, submarines and aircraft that are on order. The officers passing out have worked extremely hard to meet the stringent standards we expect of them. They should be immensely proud of their achievements and can now leave here to enjoy a well deserved festive break with families and friends before returning refreshed in the New Year to take on the next stage of their training." 

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