Prince Charles inspects graduating Royal Navy cadets
The Prince of Wales was the guest of honour at the passing out parade at Britannia Royal Naval College.
Charles, who passed out from the very same college 50 years ago, saluted the new generation of officers at the home of Royal Navy Officer training in Dartmouth, Devon, on Thursday.
Among those passing out in front of the heir to the throne after completing 30 weeks of training were Officer Cadets Alistair Poat, from Somerset, and Ruairidh McBean, from Inverness.
OC Poat, who will be starting his flying training in the new year as an observer (navigator/weapons and sensor specialist) in the Fleet Air Arm, said his training had pushed him out of his “comfort zone”.
He added: “Coming from an engineering background I hadn’t had much experience of leadership responsibility. Training has given me a great chance to learn and hopefully set me up for a successful career in the Royal Navy.
“By far the most enjoyable part of training for me was our initial sea time. The early opportunity to get hands on and see what life was actually like in the fleet was amazing. It reaffirmed my reasons for joining, as it’s a completely different environment from Dartmouth.”
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