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New officers join the fleet

After five months intensive training, Navy has graduated its newest group of officers from the Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell.

Commanding Officer Creswell, Captain Charles Huxtable, said the officers had been comprehensively prepared for a career in the Navy, completing the New Entry Officers’ Course at the home of officer training, on the shores of Jervis Bay on the New South Wales south coast.

“This next generation of Navy leaders have demonstrated great motivation and commitment to Australia’s defence,” Captain Huxtable said.

“Each member of the graduating class should be justly proud of their performance and I trust they are well equipped to meet the unique demands of a career in Navy.

“In their hands, future successes for the Royal Australian Navy are assured.”

During the 19-week course, trainees are taught a wide range of skills and attributes essential to be an effective Royal Australian Navy officer. These include theoretical and practical lessons in leadership, seamanship, communications, naval history, physical fitness and weapons handling.

Graduating Lieutenant Miranda Norquay said she decided on a career as a Medical Officer five years ago.

“It’s an exciting time to be joining Navy, with new platforms just on the horizon, I look forward to putting my training into practice and providing medical support to a growing force.

“Initial training has been an incredible experience and taught all of us how coming together as a team means we can achieve more than we first thought possible,” Lieutenant Norquay said.

The trainees demonstrated their dedication and precision with a ceremonial sunset and graduation parade. Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett reviewed the class while friends and family watched on with pride.

Having completed initial training, graduates now progress into specialised training, for a wide range of fields including aviation, logistics, warfare, medicine, public affairs and engineering.

Source: Australian Government

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