On 11 December, 220 midshipmen and officer cadets graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy. For one midshipman, graduation marked the start of a career that will have her following in her father's footsteps.
Midshipman Alexandra Morthorpe's father, Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Academy, 26 years ago.
The older Morthorpe joined the Navy in 1986 and was in the inaugural class to go through the Australian Defence Force Academy. He then commenced what is now called the Junior Warfare Application Course, training as a mariner.
Alexandra joined the Navy in 2010 as a Maritime Warfare Officer and commenced her training at HMAS Watson prior to studies at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Now that she's graduated, Alexandra will return to HMAS Watson to complete her warfare training.
Specialised as a Principal Warfare Officer, Captain Morthorpe's career must have rubbed off on his daughter as Alexandra intends on following in his footsteps hoping to specialise as a Navigator. It helped that Alexandra had attended family days at sea throughout her childhood.
Attending the graduation, Captain Morthorpe said he was incredibly proud of his daughter and her friends on achieving this milestone.
"I've always thought the Academy was a great breeding ground for young leaders, I think that my daughter and her class are about to join the Fleet at a much more impressive standard than we've ever seen in the past," he said.
"I'm even more pleased to have been part of starting a tradition in the Morthorpe family, of officers with a passion for the values of the Navy and graduating from such a prestigious place as the Academy," he said.
When asked about her time at the Academy, now Sub Lieutenant Morthorpe said it was a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
"I've made lifelong friends and had experiences that will shape my future career in Navy. Now that it is time to leave, I've realised how much I am going to miss being here and I definitely wouldn't trade this time for anything," she said.
Additional imagery of the ADFA graduation is available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20143788.