After five months of intensive training, Royal Australian Navy has graduated its newest cohort of officers from the Naval College, HMAS Creswell.
Commanding officer Creswell, Captain Charles Huxtable, said the officers were well prepared for a career in the navy.
“Throughout the new entry officers’ course, these men and women have shown themselves to be motivated and of high calibre,” Captain Huxtable said.
“Each member of the group has performed well and is now equipped to meet the unique demands of life both at shore and at sea.
“In their hands, the future of the Royal Australian Navy is bright.”
During the 19-week course, trainees are taught the knowledge, skills and ethos to be an effective RAN officer.
The new officers’ entry course includes theoretical and practical lessons in leadership, seamanship, communications, naval history, physical fitness and weapons handling.
The graduation class included former Nowra Anglican College student and St Georges Basin local Midshipman Justin Csucsy, a third generation navy officer; and former Dapto High School student Sub-Lieutenant Mat Madden.
The trainees showed off their dedication and precision with a ceremonial sunset performance and graduation parade.
Chief of Joint Operations Vice Admiral David Johnston reviewed the class while friends and family watched on with pride.
Having completed initial officer training, graduates now progress into specialised training, skilling them in a wide range of fields including aviation, logistics, warfare, medicine and engineering.