Second Sea Lord Inspection

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  • Date: Monday 30th July 2012
Second Sea Lord Inspection

Vice Admiral Sir Charles Mongomery,Chief of Naval Personnel and Training and Second Sea Lord, inspected the Passing-out Parade this July at Britannia Royal Naval College.

It was a relatively small cohort of Royal Navy officers who were passing-out due to the change of entry and training pattern introduced to BRNC in February. Indeed it was 12 senior upper yardmen, promoted from the ranks to the Officer Corps on parade. Also on parade were 12 Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Officers, who had completed their own 10-week introductory course.  

The newly promoted Lieutenants arrived at BRNC at the beginning of May and have undergone a 10-week ‘Senior Upper Yardmen’ course to build on their existing knowledge and develop their command, leadership, management, and navigation skills.   The course culminated in the passing-out-parade before families, friends and invited guests from the local community. 

Commodore Simon Williams, the Commodore of Britannia Royal Naval College, said:  “This group of Lieutenants are a fine example of the career opportunities the Royal Navy can provide and show that there are no limits to promotion.  Roughly 30% of the Officer Corps are promoted from the ranks, bringing with them their invaluable knowledge and experience gained over many years.  My congratulations to all those on parade who should be proud of their achievements during an intensive course and I wish them a long and successful career.”

Training for the Senior Upper Yardmen has also included lectures on strategic studies and marine environmental science to give them the knowledge required to operate on the front-line and interact with different nations.  The lectures are delivered in conjunction with the Plymouth University. 

The recruits to the RFA service have been given an induction into military life and have also received training in command, leadership, management and boat handling skills.

A total of 199 Service personnel took part in the passing-out-parade, consisting of the passing-out classes and other Officer Cadets at varying stages of their training.   Guests at the parade included RFA’s Head of Engineering, Commodore David Preston, Councillor Rob Lyon, the Deputy Mayor of Dartmouth, Sir Geoffrey Newman, local business people and members of the Dartmouth Royal Naval Association.


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