News BRNC ‘is safe for foreseeable future
The future of the Britannia Royal Naval College as a top class training ground for the country’s naval officers is safe – at least for the foreseeable future.
The Ministry of Defence has ditched moves which could have seen the 118 year-old college closed or merged with the huge Royal Navy ratings training base at HMS Raleigh in Plymouth.
This week the naval college boss Cpt Jerry Kyd said the future of the college – with all its royal connections – is safe.
‘The BRNC is a modern college that delivers officer training extremely well and has done so for 150 years. The naval board has decided to continue to deliver this at the BRNC for the foreseeable future,’ he said.
There has been uncertainty over the future of the Dartmouth college for at least the last three years after the Government launched an appraisal of all naval training as part of the Ministry of Defence’s Strategic Defence and Security Review.
There were rumours about a merger of the two naval training bases at Dartmouth and Plymouth which included the possibility of the closure of the naval college – which would have delivered a massive financial and cultural blow to Dartmouth.
There has not yet been a formal announcement that the defence review has concluded that the college’s future is safe.
But Cpt Kyd announced the news as he unveiled a floral model of HMS Britannia in Dartmouth’s Royal Avenue Gardens – a flower filled tribute to the 150 years that the Royal Navy has had links with Dartmouth.