Four branches of the armed forces on show at Torpoint Royal Navy base
All four elements of the UK’s Armed Forces were represented at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall for a passing-out-parade held to congratulate the latest group of recruits to complete basic training.
Taking central spot on the parade ground to provide the musical accompaniment was the Band of the Prince of Wales Division, an Army band based at Lucknow Barracks, Wiltshire, who were under the direction of WO1 Claire Milgate.
They were deputising for the Royal Marines Band, who are currently Down Under taking part in the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy.
The inspecting officer for the day and guest of honour was Group Captain Simon Harper, Station Commander at RAF Halton, Buckinghamshire.
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With the presence of HMS Raleigh’s Parade Sergeant Major, WO2 Laird Webster, a representative of the Royal Marines, it meant all four elements of the UK armed forces were represented.
Captain Bob Fancy, the Commanding Officer of HMS Raleigh, said this sort of gathering didn’t happen very often.
“We often have VIP inspecting officers from other areas of the armed forces accept the invitation to join us for the passing-out-parade, but it is somewhat unusual to have all elements of the military on parade here at any one time,” he said.
“It’s great for the recruits to see as increasingly the Royal Navy work alongside the other services during various operations around the world.”