Celebrating the 2018 ADFA Graduation

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Kelli Lunt (author), Michelle Kroll (photographer)

Location(s): ADFA, Canberra

Topic(s): Australian Defence Force Academy, Graduation

The Chief of Navy’s representative, Rear Admiral Colin Lawrence, RAN presents Midshipman Sophie Wheen, RAN with the Chief of Navy prize. (photo: Michelle Kroll)
The Chief of Navy’s representative, Rear Admiral Colin Lawrence, RAN presents Midshipman Sophie Wheen, RAN with the Chief of Navy prize.

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) held its annual Graduation Parade with Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC, (Retd) as the Reviewing Officer. 

Nearly 220 Midshipmen and Officer Cadets graduated from the Academy following the completion of their military training and academic studies.

The Chief of Navy’s representative, Rear Admiral Colin Lawrence, RAN, also a graduate from ADFA in the first-ever intake in 1986, said that even the weather could not dampen the spirits of those who attended the graduation.

“Attending this event was a special honour for me having all those years ago been in the same place as the men and women graduating today,” RADM Lawrence said. 

“From Navy’s perspective, the Graduation Parade is a significant milestone in the careers of the graduating midshipmen alongside their fellow Service men and women, marking the culmination of three years of military and academic studies at ADFA. 

RADM Lawrence had the opportunity to present Midshipman Sophie Wheen, RAN, with the Chief of Navy prize during the ADFA graduation parade in Canberra.