Royal Visitor for Passing Out Parade

  • Author: Admin
  • Date: Friday 5th February 2010
Royal Visitor for Passing Out Parade Royal Visitor for Passing Out Parade

On Thursday 10 Dec 377 personnel formed the end of term Passing Out Parade at Britannia Royal Naval College before His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex, Commodore-in-Chief of The Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Of those on parade there are just short of 170 who are ‘passing out’ from the 28 week long Initial Officer Training at the College.


The young men and women have faced many and varied challenges developing their leadership skills and understanding of the Royal Navy. They are the first cohort of cadets completing the restructured course which has included ten weeks at sea on a capital warships where they get a dynamic introduction to life at sea in a fully operational warship.


The Earl of Wessex took particular interest in the 14 RFA Cadets who have completed a seven week training course at BRNC designed to introduce them to various aspects of leadership and provide a comprehensive understanding of the RN before they move forward with careers in the RFA. The RFA’s main task is to supply warships of the RN operating around the world with fuel, food, stores and ammunition, which enhances their capability.


A first for BRNC sees a brother and sister pass out together having carried out their training simultaneously. Sarah ((23) and Adam (19) Vines joined BRNC in April and although in separate divisions have obviously seen each other throughout training. Their family is travelling down from their home town of Stroud, Gloucestershire for the day.


Sarah decided to join the RN as she completed her degree in applied marine sports science at Plymouth University. She graduated in September last year and is to train as a warfare officer.


Younger brother Adam joined after taking A levels at Downfield 6th Form College in Stroud and is now to undertake the rigours of pilot training. The training he has undertaken at BRNC is all accredited towards a foundation degree course so he has the option to work towards a degree whilst serving.


The family of Sub Lieutenant Christopher Barber had a dilemma to sort out as twin brothers Chris and Thomas (23) were both on parade. Chris. Was marking the completion of his training at BRNC whilst Thomas was on parade at t Commando Training Centre Lympstone, Exmouth where he has just completed the gruelling 15 month Officer Training Course. As soon as the parade in Dartmouth finished Chris travelled to Exmouth to join all his family who were there for a double celebration.

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Rear Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt attended the parade as a proud father watching his eldest son Edward march round the ramps and then the slow march up the steps and in through the College central, front door. Between 2002 and 2004 Rear Admiral Johnstone-Burt was the Commodore of BRNC but commented on how inspiring and emotional it was to witness Edward on the parade.



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