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Future Leaders of Ireland's Naval Service Receive Commissions.

The Minister of State at the Department of Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe TD, accompanied by the Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations), Major General Ralph James and the Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Service, Commodore Mark Mellet, will attend the Commissioning ceremony of the 49th Naval Service Cadet Class at the Naval Base in Haulbowline on Friday, 09th of September at 1.30pm. 

The eight Cadets are graduating from the Officer Training School of the Naval College following 21 months of intensive training which included navigation, seamanship, weapons training, leadership, communications, marine engineering and naval warfare. 

The ceremony marks the first step for the newly commissioned officers towards qualification as Naval Watchkeeping Officers in the Operations Branch or Marine Engineering Officers in the Engineering Branch, and will see them taking up appointments within the Naval Service, both ashore and at sea.

The six male and two female members of the class, who commenced training at the Naval College, Haulbowline on the 29th of November 2009, are drawn from across the country, representing counties Limerick, Meath, Waterford, Dublin, Kerry, Mayo, Clare and Cork.

The ceremony will offer excellent photographic opportunities, and members of the media are invited to attend.


Press Release Date: Friday, 09th September 2011

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