1,375 hopefuls apply for 80 Naval Service vacancies

A total of 1,375 applicants have applied for 80 recruit vacancies in the Naval Service, showing a career on the ocean waves is becoming a popular choice for young people.

1,375 hopefuls apply for 80 Naval Service vacancies

It means there are 17 applicants for every position.

The announcement was made yesterday as another batch of recruits attended their passing-out parade.

“It is hoped to take on the 80 new recruits this year. After training they will take up positions in either the seamen’s branch, mechanics, communications or logistics,” a Naval Service spokesman said.

The Officer Commanding Naval Operations Command, Captain Dave Barry, took the salute yesterday at the Haulbowline parade ground from the 15 young men passing out from Recruit Class ‘King’.

Their class was named after the two-time Congressional Medal of Honour recipient, John King, an Irishman who distinguished himself in service with the US Navy.

King, who was born in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, in 1865, received the first medal for heroism in 1901 while fighting in Philippine-American War and followed it with a second eight years later for fighting a fire in the boiler room of the USS Salem.

He died in 1938 in Arkansas and a destroyer was named after him in 1961.

A statute of King was unveiled by the Government in Ballinrobe four years ago.

Two recruits who were educated at Mayfield Community School were presented with awards after passing out yesterday.

David O’Keeffe won the best kit award, while Ryan Nicholls was judged best overall recruit. The award for best shot was given to Kevin Dunphy from Newbawn, Co Wexford.

Captain Dave Barry presenting Kieran Burke, Passage West, Co Cork, with his award for best overall direct entry.

An additional nine people also passed out yesterday as part of the Naval Service’s direct entry to specific technical positions.

Each possesses a mechanical qualification such as mechanical engineering or a heavy vehicle mechanic. They were recruited to fulfil engineering roles in the Naval Service and upon completion of the initial induction and leadership course will become engine room fitters.

l Meanwhile, the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf is scheduled to arrive in Cobh on Sunday, April 13.

According to the US embassy, the visit is designed to strengthen maritime partnerships with European nations in order to enhance regional stability. The warship will not be open to the public, but will host a reception for government and military officials.

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