A 22-year-old man from Aylesbury has celebrated his formal commissioning as a Royal Navy officer.
Midshipman Edward Taylor was one of 160 officer cadets who took part in a parade at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Devon, watched by their families, friends and distinguished guests.
Guest of honour was Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock, the Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, who inspected the parade and took the salute during the march pass.
To earn his place on the parade ground, the budding submariner completed an intensive 30-week training course, which was split into three 10-week phases.
The course takes place at the college in Dartmouth and included Edward being assigned to HMS Bulwark, operating in UK waters, for three weeks.
Edward said: “The last 30 weeks have been challenging, but incredibly rewarding. I am absolutely thrilled and incredibly proud to pass out of BRNC as a Naval Officer. I look forward to going into the Submarine Service and earning my dolphins.”
The former pupil of Tring School worked as a farm-hand before embarking on his naval career.
He said: “I joined the Royal Navy for a challenging career, to travel the world and work with like-minded people.”
Edward will remain at BRNC to begin his professional course to ultimately qualify as a submarine warfare officer. The Royal Navy’s Initial Naval Training Course for Officers is underpinned by nine core maritime skills that are the foundations of naval life and essential to operational effectiveness. It involves maritime training on the River Dart and also uses the rugged environment of Dartmoor to teach the cadets how to operate and lead in the field. The course is progressive and designed to ensure that the Cadets are equipped to undertake assignments both at sea and on land, working jointly with other parts of the UK Armed Forces and in partnership with other nations. Fitness training is delivered using a disciplined method of military fitness, which focuses on developing co-ordination and individual physical strength and endurance. Command, leadership and management training is a constant thread throughout the course with an emphasis on coaching, mentoring and development activities.
Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at www.royalnavy.mod.uk or by calling the Recruitment Line on 08456 07 55 55.