Mr Paul Kehoe TD, Minister of State at the Department of Defence and Chief Whip, accompanied by the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Conor O’Boyle attended the Commissioning Ceremony of six new Officers at the Naval Base, Haulbowline, Cork on Thursday, 05th September 2013.
This is a very important and proud day for the members of the 51st Naval Service Cadet Class as they are awarded their Presidential Commissions. This represents the successful completion of two years intensive military and nautical training. The six Cadets completed a very demanding, challenging and rewarding course of basic officer training including diverse subjects such as navigation, seamanship, leadership, communications, marine engineering and naval warfare, while a strategic studies course was completed at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
The six Cadets completed sea time experience across the Services fleet and commenced their first year of academic study for a Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science at the National Maritime College of Ireland.