Commander Andrew Hough has assumed command of the Royal Australian Navy’s Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus — often dubbed ‘the cradle of the Navy’ — succeeding Commander Luke Ryan.
The transfer of command was marked with a small handover ceremony on the parade ground before Commander Ryan was farewelled by the Recruit School’s staff.
The Commanding Officer of Recruit School oversees the training and education of all sailors joining the Navy for the first time.
Commander Hough takes command at a key time as Australia’s first Guided Missile Destroyers enter service, new aircraft are procured and Navy maintains an ongoing presence in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific regions.
The first intake of more than 140 recruits has already commenced training, with hundreds more expected to pass through Recruit School this year, as Navy’s workforce grows.
Commander Hough said preparing a large number of new recruits for their career as sailors would test his team but their recent record of success was heartening.
“As the fleet grows in the coming years, Recruit School needs to induct and train significant numbers of new sailors to meet the requirements and challenges ahead”, Commander Hough said.
“More than 1500 recruits successfully graduated from Recruit School as sailors under Commander Ryan’s command and I fully expect we will have to achieve a similar high standard for Navy this year.”
“The next two years in command will be demanding, however I’m confident that top-tier sailors will be leaving us to excel in the fleet wherever they’re required.”
New recruits undertake 11 weeks of basic training at Recruit School where they learn to work as a team, develop self-discipline and make decisions in accordance with Navy’s values.
Upon completion of their recruit training, sailors progress to their career-specific training and join a ship’s company at sea or ashore.