Royal Salute on Parade at BRNC
- Author: Nichola Winstanley
- Date: Friday 21st April 2017
His Royal Highness The Duke of York took the salute at Britannia Royal Naval College during April as 155 Officer Cadets celebrated the successful completion of their training. In front of nearly 800 family and friends of the cadets His Royal Highness carried out an inspection as the representative of his father His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, The Lord High Admiral.
The parade included officers destined for careers in the Royal Navy, one new recruit to the Queen Alexander Royal Navy Nursing Service, 38 Officers promoted from the ranks, 14 new members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service and seven international Cadets from Saudi Arabia, Kenyan, Belize, Tonga, the Bahamas and Fiji.
Addressing the parade His Royal Highness said: “You have undergone a period of training, a period of acclimatisation and a period of hard work. Some of that hard work is now done, but life in the Royal Navy never ceases to be hard work, but at the same time it never ceases to be fun. If there is one thing that I could instil or say to you today to take away from not only this, but what is coming in the future, is the fact that the Navy survives on really good leadership. You have had at least some of that leadership shown to you and you have participated in that leadership training whilst you have been here. There’s a second part to that leadership that is important, which is, as leaders you have to get the most out of your team. You have a great deal to look forward to and I have to say it is an enormous pleasure to be here today to see that the traditions and values that I undertook when I was here, are still being inculcated into you.”
The Commanding Officer of Britannia Royal Naval College, Captain Jol Woodard said: “We are honoured to have His Royal Highness here with us at the most prestigious passing-out-parade of the year. The Cadets passing out today have been tested in a range of situations on Dartmoor, the River Dart, at sea and in the classroom. They have met the standards we require of them and thoroughly deserve their place on the parade ground.”
During this parade the newly established ‘Lord High Admiral’s Banner’ was proudly paraded for the first time. Funded by the Britannia Association the Banner, created with the permission of The Duke of Edinburgh, is to be carried at each Passing-out Parade by the Division that achieves the best overall assessment results during the 30-week course. The first winners were Lightning Division who were led on the parade by Officer Cadet Lloyd Jones. Captain Woodard observed: “The Lord High Admiral’s Banner provides an extra incentive for the Cadets to surpass themselves during their training and introduces another level of healthy competition. It was a close-run competition with just one point separating the second and third place Division.