Summer Passing-out Parade

  • Author: Nichola Aldridge
  • Date: Monday 19th August 2019
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The Royal Navy’s Second Sea Lord has taken the salute at the latest passing-out-parade at Britannia Royal Naval College.


Vice Admiral Nick Hine, who was visiting the College for the first time since taking up his new appointment in April, was the guest of honour for the parade.


Watched by their families and friends, the parade marked the end of training for 89 new Royal Navy officers, including 17 promoted from the ranks.  Also taking part in the parade were 27 international cadets from 12 countries and 11 new officers for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary service.


The Second Sea Lord said:  “'It is an absolute honour to return to BRNC to mark the beginning of an exciting journey for every one of the officers stood in front of me today.  The pace of change in the world shows no signs of slowing down and the challenge we all face, but especially those who are commissioning as Officers today, is maintaining our global relevance and the ability to fight and win in a digital, data heavy world.  These are exciting times and I welcome each and every

one of them and their families to the Naval Family.”


This was the final parade of Captain (Capt) Jol Woodard’s tenure as the Commanding Officer.  He is due to leave BRNC in September to be replaced by Captain Roger Readwin.


Capt Woodard said: “My three years in Command of the College has been without doubt the highlight of my career.  BRNC is truly a jewel-in-the-crown for the Royal Navy on the world stage.  I’m grateful to everyone in the local area for the way they have embraced my family and me into the fold, and for their continued support to the College.  This parade is one of my final duties at BRNC.  How fitting to leave on such a high.  Not only celebrating with their families the achievements of those Young Officers passing-out, but also the dedication and commitment of the instructional staff who continue to help develop the next generation of Royal Navy leaders.
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As Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Hine is responsible for overseeing all 'people matters' in the Royal Navy - recruiting, training, sport, diversity, welfare and support for families  - as well as bases and facilities.


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