Navy’s newest Officers graduate

Published on LCDR Des Paroz (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Creswell, ACT

Topic(s): Naval College, Values and Behaviours, New Entry Officers’ Course (NEOC)

A formation of Royal Australian Navy helicopters conducts a flyover of the parade ground at HMAS Creswell during the New Entry Officers' Course 63 graduation ceremony. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)
A formation of Royal Australian Navy helicopters conducts a flyover of the parade ground at HMAS Creswell during the New Entry Officers' Course 63 graduation ceremony.

More than 150 graduates of the Royal Australian Navy’s latest New Entry Officers’ Course (NEOC) have become the first to affirm their commitment to the new Defence Values.

Reviewing Officer for NEOC 63, Commander Maritime Border Command, Rear Admiral Lee Goddard, told Navy’s newest officers they must live by the values of Service, Courage, Respect, Integrity and Excellence.

“NEOC 63 has made history by being the first to affirm the new Defence Values, as well as meeting all the challenges of the program in the midst of a global pandemic,” Rear Admiral Goddard said.

“You are one of the largest graduating classes in the history of the Royal Australian Naval College (RANC), and combined with NEOC 62 you represent the highest number of graduates in any single year.

“You will always be a part of NEOC 63, and your classmates will always be part of story of your Navy career.

“Bravo Zulu to you all, and welcome to the family - our Navy family.”

The graduates have worked together for 19 weeks, undertaking an intensive program that challenged them intellectually and physically, and supported them as they learned more about themselves and how to be leaders in the Navy of today and the future.

As a symbol of their place in history, NEOC 63 paraded on the Quarterdeck of HMAS Creswell, in the same location as the first graduating course in 1916.

Commanding Officer of the RANC, Commander David Shirvington, congratulated family and friends for their support during the course and said it would continue to be “vital” as the new officers progressed in their careers.

“To the partners, family and friends who cannot be physically here due to the global pandemic, we thank you for the support you have shown throughout the past 19 weeks,” Commander Shirvington said.

“Over the last five months the new officers have shown immense growth - personally and professionally, adapting to unusual circumstances and demonstrating the ability to persist through adversity.

“We are all proud of their achievements.”

Having completed their initial entry training, Navy’s latest additions to the officer community will continue on to further training as they embark in diverse careers across the Navy enterprise.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery:
https://images.navy.gov.au/S20203785.