Navy recruits hailed for their contribution

THE navy’s most senior officer saluted 38 recruits at their passing out parade and told their families they could be “proud of their contribution to their country’s future”.

The 35 men and three women from the Admiral Galwey Naval Recruit Class graduated at Haulbowline naval base yesterday after completing their basic training conducted at the Naval College and the National Maritime College of Ireland.

During the last four months, they completed basic sea training, foot and arms drills, small arms training, physical fitness training, seamanship and sea survival, fire fighting, flooding control and first aid courses.

They also gave their time to fund raise for the Autism Assistance Dogs of Ireland, (AADI) raising €3,056.

“Given that Ireland has one of the largest sea areas of any EU state, it is imperative the Irish Navy has high-calibre, well-trained, people who have a focus on protecting society’s interests in the maritime domain and furthering government objectives where the state has an interest,” said Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Service, Commodore Mark Mellett.

“These young men and women fill these criteria and their families and friends can be proud of their contribution to their country’s future,” he said.

This graduating recruit class was named after Rear Admiral Edward Galwey, who was Horatio Nelson’s second-in-command at the battle of the Nile in 1798.

A large number of the recruit class will go to seaman’s branch to train in operations and use of the larger armaments onboard ship and in tactical naval boarding and small boat handling.

Personnel with an interest in engineering will learn to stand watch in the engine control room.

A smaller number will become logistic operatives, while some will become communications specialists training in the global marine communications systems.

Picture: Members of the Admiral Galwey Recruit Class toss their caps following their passing out parade at the Haulbowline Naval Base. Pictures: Richard Mills

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