Recruits continue fine tradition

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Katherine Mulheron (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): Melbourne, Victoria

Topic(s): Passing Out Parade, Graduation

Members of General Entry 348 Taylor Division stand 'at ease' during their Graduation Parade held at Recruit School of HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: )
Members of General Entry 348 Taylor Division stand 'at ease' during their Graduation Parade held at Recruit School of HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

While December marked the start of summer, rain and 12 degrees greeted families and friends of General Entry 348, Taylor Division on their graduation from the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School on 8 December.

Huddling for warmth as they witnessed the formal transition of their loved ones from trainees to sailors of the Royal Australian Navy, more than 300 proud onlookers attended the last parade for 2016 at HMAS Cerberus, in Victoria.

Reviewing Officer, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, Commander Australian Fleet, welcomed guests and congratulated graduates for reaching the first milestone of their naval careers.
He spoke of the Royal Australian Navy’s proud past, forged by the dedication and sacrifices of its sailors.

“Your peers are proudly continuing this commitment through operational deployments around the world," he said.

“These sailors carry the responsibility of defending Australian interests in both peace and conflict, and you are about to inherit these responsibilities."

“You are now part of a small, but a very fortunate group of Australians who will have the privilege of seeing things most never will, achieving things many will never even dream of, and visiting places others will never reach,” Rear Admiral Mayer said.

The role of the Recruit School is to induct men and women into the Royal Australian Navy, enabling them to think independently, work with each other and have the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct basic duties within the fleet while progressing to a specialised career.

Commanding Officer of Recruit School, Commander Luke Ryan said the group was the next chapter in a story 100 years strong.

“Although the training has evolved, the qualities of the fine people who aspire to be professional sailors in the Navy have remained constant for over a century,” Commander Ryan said.

The graduation recognised achievements in areas of academics, leadership, excellence, sportsmanship and marksmanship, as well as achievements of outstanding staff.

Throughout 2016, Recruit School trained 1035 people, of which two received the highest honours.

Seaman Star Communications Information Systems Alexandra O’Grady returned to be awarded the Phillip John Carroll Award recognising best academic achievement during 2016, while Recruit of the Year, Seaman Star Boatswains Mate Kate Larsen, was presented the Emil Christensen Award.