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Officers on parade at end of training at Dartmouth's BRNC

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 12, 2014

on parade: Major General Ed Davis inspecting the parade at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth

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A GROUP of newly qualified Royal Navy officers have celebrated the end of their basic training with a parade at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

The group of 73 cadets joined the Royal Navy in May and have completed 30 weeks of intense training.

Standing among them on the parade ground were 22 cadets from overseas navies, who had been selected by their countries to train alongside their UK counterparts.

The parade was inspected by Major General Ed Davis, commander UK Amphibious Forces and commandant general Royal Marines.

Captain Jerry Kyd, commanding officer of Britannia Royal Naval College, said: "The cadets spent the first five months of their training in and around the college where they faced numerous challenges including two extended leadership exercises on Dartmoor and the River Dart.

"We then sent them to sea for the final two months of their course.

"While some were assigned to the new destroyers, HMS Defender and HMS Duncan, the most advanced warships in the fleet, others have been involved in the massive humanitarian and disaster relief operation in the Philippines, working with the ship's company of HMS Illustrious.

"Being at sea was a fantastic opportunity for the cadets to be at the forefront of naval operations."

The parade also saw the presentation of a new prize donated by the Officers' Association.

The prize, known as 'The Officers' Association Spirit of the Royal Navy Sword', will be presented annually to the officer cadet who has demonstrated the strongest adherence to the naval service's values and ethos throughout their training.

The first recipient was 24-year-old officer cadet Oliver Hounslow, from Portsmouth.

More than 400 guests were invited to the college to witness BRNC's sixth and final parade of year.

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