Navy

Life-changing moment for officer cadets passing out of Britannia Royal Naval College

BRNC in Dartmouth is where men and women journey from ordinary civilians to officers in the Royal Navy.

There were celebrations for 140 men and women who have passed out of Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Devon.

BRNC is where men and women journey from being ordinary civilians to officers in the Royal Navy.

They have completed a 29-week course and now with their pass-out ceremony, they cease being officer cadets and become midshipmen, sub-lieutenants or lieutenants. 

There were 81 officer cadets passing out, joined by 13 international students, 16 new officers for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and 30 former ratings who have been selected for promotion to the Officer corps.

Families and friends were in Dartmouth to witness Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Martin Connell taking the salute of the parade.

Captain Sarah Oakley, the Captain of Britannia Naval College, was overseeing her first passing-out parade as Captain.

"The commitment, the passion and the energy that the young people have and just the high quality of the candidates that we are getting. It's outstanding," Capt Oakley said.

This was the first time a passing-out parade has happened at the BRNC with a female captain at the helm.

She added: "I know that the future of the Royal Navy is in really good hands with the quality of those people coming through."