Forty-nine naval officers graduated initial training yesterday during a formal passing out parade for New Entry Officers’ Course 51 at the Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell.
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett reviewed the parade which was the culmination of 20 weeks’ training in leadership, communication and naval disciplines.
The graduates shared the traditional naval ceremony with friends and family, marking their achievements, before proceeding to specialist training.
Chief of Navy said the biannual parade steeped in tradition marked an important step towards Navy’s future.
“This is a significant day for these men and women, their families and Navy-the skills they have learnt at Creswell will serve them well, as they in turn serve as officers in the Royal Australian Navy,” he said.
“They have joined the Navy at a very exciting time, and while there are challenges ahead, I have every confidence they will serve our nation admirably,” he said.
The graduates aged from 18 to 44 will now take on roles as professional mariners, logistics and warfare specialists, engineers and aviators as well as intelligence and nursing officers.
HMAS Creswell, situated on the shores of Jervis Bay, was first utilised for naval officer training almost a century ago and conducts initial training for reserve and full-time officers, and ongoing professional development for officers and senior sailors.
Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20143703.