The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel, Alan Griffin, today congratulated 117 new recruits who graduated from the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School during a ceremony and parade at HMAS Cerberus at Crib Point in Victoria.
Mr Griffin, accompanied by the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Crane, was the reviewing officer and inspected the new recruits on parade who had successfully completed 11 weeks of intensive training.
“The graduation today of these men and women, in front of their family and friends is a significant occasion and will stand them in good stead as they commence their careers in the Royal Australian Navy,” Mr Griffin said.
“In the coming years, the Australian people will place their trust in these sailors to serve with the Navy values of loyalty, integrity, honesty, courage, and above all, honour.
“These sailors have assumed an obligation to the Australian community that will take them across the seas, pit them against the most difficult of challenges, but ultimately offer them the rewards of service in a close-knit team.
“The heavy responsibility the sailors have accepted today is one that they should be proud to bear, and from the discipline and quality of their presentation today, I know that they are worthy of Australia’s trust.
“These newest members of the Navy should be proud of their achievements and as they embark on the next phase of their naval training I would like to commend them on their choice of career and thank them for serving their country,” Mr Griffin said.
Vice Admiral Crane, himself a former junior recruit who rose through the ranks during his 40-year career said, “The Royal Australian Navy Recruit School has been training and grooming new sailors for over 80 years. I think it is important to acknowledge the significant role played by the Recruit School staff in the development of the new recruits and the significance of the support provided by their family and friends”.
The Commanding Officer of the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School, Commander Paul O’Grady, said, “HMAS Cerberus is the Navy’s foremost and largest training establishment and the Navy’s Recruit School plays a key role in inducting men and women into the Service, to enable them to think for themselves, work with each other and learn the necessary knowledge and skills to forge a specialist career”.
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