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A PARADE has been held at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth to mark the formal commissioning of 122 newly qualified officers.

The parade marked the end of 30 weeks of training for the cadets.

Vice Admiral Ian Corder CB, UK military representative to NATO and the European Union, was the guest of honour and inspecting officer for the parade.

As well as the families and friends of personnel on parade, other guests included Flottillenadmiral (Commodore) Carsten Stawitzki, Commanding Officer of the German Naval Academy, Marineschule Mürwik, who was on a two-day visit to BRNC to gain an insight into Royal Navy training.

The Commanding Officer of BRNC, Captain Henry Duffy, said: “The young men and women on parade have met the stringent standards we expect during initial naval training to our satisfaction and they should be proud of their achievements.

“Training is no picnic; our training staff, drawn from all three services, demand a lot from them, both mentally and physically, and for good reason. To protect the UK’s interest in what is an ever-changing world, the Royal Navy must have the right quality of officers, with the right attributes and the ability to lead others when the going gets tough.

“In this sense BRNC prepares individuals well during what is the first step towards a unique and special career that will ultimately test them to the limits at times, but one that is always wholly rewarding, exciting and respected.”

The newly commissioned Royal Navy officers are now ready to embark on their specialist training. Some will remain at BRNC for the next stage, while others will transfer to other training establishments around the UK.

Cadets at varying points of their initial officer training were also part of the parade, with music provided by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth.

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