Devon Family Photography - Royal Navy Passing Out Parade, Dartmouth

Monday, June 22, 2015

 Henderson extended family portrait
So proud of my partner Rob who completed his first stage of training at Dartmouth Royal Naval Base and is a commissioned naval officer! Was a beautiful hot and sunny April's day where families, friends and partners attended to witness a huge achievement of their loved ones' military careers. It was a really interesting day to witness and document, as I'm only adjusting to a military lifestyle with my partner. A wonderfully happy day celebrating the newly commissioned officers as they embark on their next stage of their training in the Navy. I couldn't be more proud of my partner on his gruelling but satisfying 8 months in military training. Taken on 31 April 2015.

The fact they call it a 'Passing Out Parade' is ironic in terms of officers fainting in the heat from standing dead still for, which felt like 1-2 hours! It certainly is impressive to see their discipline and hard work in conducting the event. There was also a naval helicopter fly over which wowed the audience. The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, was the guest of honour representing His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, The Lord High Admiral. In the pictures further down, it was fantastic to capture some playful photos of the First Sea Lord! He may run the entire Navy but it was nice he showed his personality to the families attending the ceremony. It was also lovely to capture the 118 cadets marching through the grounds with their swords. As a 'civilian' seeing so many officers in uniform marching with swords was a strange sight but makes me excited to see what's more to come as a Naval girlfriend.

Also it was my partner's birthday only a week before the parade so the family celebrated by baking a bespoke destroyer cake! It was delicious, topped off by a tasty tapas meal in the evening. A wonderful day spending time with my partner's grandparents, parents and sister. Congratulations!



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