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Henry returns to Britannia Royal Naval College as its commanding officer 25 years on

By Herald Express  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

NEW MAN AT THE HELM:  Capt Henry Duffy   Craig Keating

NEW MAN AT THE HELM: Capt Henry Duffy Craig Keating

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BRITANNIA Royal Naval College in Dartmouth has welcomed a new man at the helm.

Captain Henry Duffy has taken over from Captain Jerry Kyd as the commanding officer.

Capt Duffy first arrived at the naval college in 1987 for his own initial training.

He said: "I feel truly honoured and privileged in taking command of the naval college.

"It is an institution which had a profoundly positive effect on me and indeed my career as a young man over 25 years ago.

"I am also acutely aware of the vital job BRNC undertakes in preparing the Royal Navy's future leaders for the inevitable challenges they will face on operations, protecting the UK's interests at home and abroad — a responsibility, with my new team, I look forward to taking on."

Prior to taking on his new appointment, Capt Duffy was the Captain Surface Ships, Portsmouth Flotilla.

He has served on board six warships in various roles including two as the commanding officer.

While assigned to HMS Sheffield he was involved in the relief effort following Hurricane Mitch in the Caribbean.

As the commanding officer of HMS Liverpool, Capt Duffy had the honour of hosting The Queen during a state visit to Estonia.

He was part of the United Kingdom Maritime Battle Staff during Operation Telic, the liberation of Iraq, based in the Middle East.

Capt Duffy has also had a number of appointments working within the Ministry of Defence and at Navy command headquarters in Portsmouth.

Capt Duffy hails from Halewood in Liverpool. He is married and has two teenage sons.

Staff and officer cadets gathered on the quarterdeck to bid farewell to Capt Kyd as he left the college after 17 months in charge.

His next appointment on promotion to commodore is as the Commander United Kingdom Task Group based in Plymouth.

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