Quick march to new duties for Royal Marines
PUBLISHED: 11:30 17 December 2011
A group of Royal Marines young officers based at Lympstone are to take on new command duties after their recent pass out ceremony
Weeks of gruelling training came to an end for a group of Royal Marines young officers when they attended their pass out ceremony.
The 35 officers completed a 60-week course at the Lympstone Commando Training Centre and will now move on to various command positions with 3 Commando Brigade and Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines.
The Royal Marines’ family and friends watched as the young men marched off the parade square to Batch Officer Captain Andy Mallows’ cry of ‘Young officers, to your duties; quick march’.
Lieutenant Colonel Neil Robertson, who oversaw the group’s training, said: “This is a special group of young men who have shown great spirit and fortitude over the last 15 months.”
Major General Ed Davis, Commandant General Royal Marines, was the VIP guest during the pass out parade.
After the parade the young men of Batch 2010 were each presented with commission parchments before attending a reception in the Officers’ Mess with friends and family.
During the ceremony Lieutenant John Williams was awarded the Sword of Honour after being named young officer to come top of the Order of Merit.
After the presentation he said: “This is more about what we’ve done over the last 15 months as a group.
“We’ve already done a lot but there is so much more to come.”