Ashington officer complete Navy training

Midshipman Owen Davy from Ashington who has completed his naval offier training - picture by Craig Keating, copyright The Crown
Midshipman Owen Davy from Ashington who has completed his naval offier training - picture by Craig Keating, copyright The Crown

An Ashington 21-year-old has celebrated his formal commissioning as a Royal Navy officer on parade at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC).

Midshipman Owen Davy was one of around 120 officer cadets who took part in the parade, watched by their families, friends, and distinguished guests, including Vice Admiral Ian Corder, UK Military Representative to NATO and the European Union.

Owen had completed an intensive 30 week course, most of which was taught at the world famous BRNC at Dartmouth, and included a ship acquaint on HMS Defender.

Owen said: “The training is unforgiving, but certainly rewarding.

“The highlight for me was the final four-day exercise on the River Dart, working as a Task Group with scenarios based on current operations.”

A former pupil of The Weald School, Owen graduated from the University of Manchester in 2014 with an honours degree in politics and modern history.

With the first phase of his training complete Owen will remain at BRNC to begin his professional warfare training.

The Royal Navy’s initial training course for officers is underpinned by nine Core Maritime Skills that are 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 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 in conjunction with partners from the UK and overseas.

Cadets cover fitness training to improve physical strength and endurance, as well as command, management and leadership with a focus on personal development.

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