An Officer and a Gentleman

Britannia Royal Naval College, the initial officer training establishment of the Royal Navy, sits high on a hill overlooking Dartmouth in England. Royal Naval officer training has taken place in Dartmouth since 1863, but the buildings we see today were only finished in 1905, previous students lived in two wooden hulks moored in the River Dart. The foundation stone for the current building was laid down by King Edward V11 in March 1902. Sir Aston Webb designed the shore-based college at Dartmouth, which was built by Higgs and Hill and practically completed in 1905. The first term of cadets entered at the R.N. College Osborne were transferred to Dartmouth in September 1905.

King George V and King George V1 were naval cadets at Dartmouth, as were the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York. It is said that the Duke of Edinburgh met the then Princess Elizabeth at Dartmouth. Prince William spent a brief period at the College after leaving Sandhurst as part of his training with all three of Britain’s Armed Forces. Sheikh Mubarak Ali Yousuf Suoud Al-Sabah, a member of the Royal Family of Kuwait, attended the Royal Navy Young Officer Course at Britannia Royal Naval College in 2002.

BRNC is widely considered one of the most prestigious officer training establishments in the world, their website says that they are

Delivering learning that is inspiring, challenging and relevant to meet Fleet operational capability. It has been at the forefront of the education and development of world-class Naval Officers in Dartmouth since 1863.

Fourteen years ago my son joined the Navy and since then he has risen the ranks as a submariner to Chief Petty Officer. On Thursday I went to see him ‘Pass out’ as Sub-Lieutenant at Dartmouth. A very proud day as you can imagine. Here is a slide show of the day.

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33 thoughts on “An Officer and a Gentleman

  1. A very happy family. A lot to be proud of all round.
    My paternal grandfather was a gunner with the Royal Navy. He deserted in 1908, jumping ship at New Zealand and making his way across to Australia. He did his training up at Queensferry, Scotland. 🙂

  2. Wonderful slide show, Gilly, and what a handsome man your son is. You must be so proud of him. 🙂 Great photo of you and your lovely family. Your grandson looks so cute in daddy’s hat.

  3. Their uniforms looks so so cool. They look very sharp. It’s the Royal Marines that I had the pleasure of spending time and having drinks with every weekend for 6 months. They’re fun. We even get to experience their training on a ship. So cool.

  4. Congratulations to you and your son. He is truly an officer and a gentleman. He is also a hero as well as all who serve to protect our country and the freedom we enjoy today. All the best of blessings to him on his journey to so many great things.

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