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Crown Prince Of Bahrain Congratulates Newly Commissioned Officer Cadets

The Royal Navy's future commanders have passed out of initial officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon.

The Royal Navy's future commanders have passed out of initial officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth, Devon.

As the sun shone down, 152 officer cadets were on parade in front of their proud family in friends.

Officer Cadets pass out at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth

HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, was also at the ceremony, reinforcing the country's close military ties with the UK.

Bahrain has the biggest Royal Navy base outside of the UK, where hundreds of personnel are based.

The Prince’s son, His Highness Isa Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, also did his military training at BRNC in 2015.

HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain,
HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, inspects the officer cadets

Addressing the cadets, he said: “You’ve all met the challenges in front of you, for which you should now feel an immense sense of achievement and satisfaction.”

The officer cadets have gone through 29 weeks of tough training to reach this parade. They trained both inside the classroom and on board HMS Albion and HMS Ocean.  

Captain Jolyon Woodard, Commanding Officer, BRNC, said: “They’ve been tested, challenged, assessed – mentally, physically, professionally and academically.

“And that’s in all sorts of environments – in the classroom, out on Dartmoor… and most importantly in the maritime environment.”

Officer Cadets pass out at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth

Newly commissioned officer, Mid-shipman Jack Green said he felt proud during the passing out parade.

“It’s good to be around all your friends as well because they’ve all been through the same as you,” he added.