Date Published : August 17th, 2019 Published By : adminTwenty weeks of intensive training prepared 38 recruits as Ordinary Rates within the Naval Service, before their passing out parade yesterday.
The recruits will continue their training to commence branch/specialised training prior to being posted to the fleet as Able Rates. Specialised training will include Seamanship, Gunnery, Logistics, Communications and Mechanical/Engineering.
Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service, Commodore Michael Malone, attended the passing out parade which included a military ceremony and presentation of awards at Haulbowline Naval Base in Cork.
The Naval Service has a tradition of naming each Recruit Class after an Irish Maritime Figure: Patrick Murphy from Waterford City was born on the 15th January 1823 and served as a merchant sailor and as a member of the British Royal Navy. He later served in the US Navy. He was an NCO and obtained the rank of Warrant Officer. He served during the American Civil War and was awarded a medal of honour for his courageous actions in Mobile Bay which resulted in the surrender of the Ram Tennessee. He retired in 1885 and died in 1896.
Photos: Courtesy Irish Naval Service
The Recruit Class Patrick Murphy chose the Make a Wish Foundation Charity to raise funds for during their free time. The class gathered money from individuals and units on the Naval Base. They also performed a rowing event in Wilton. The class rowed a distance of 193 nautical miles, which is the equivalent of rowing from Cork to Rosslare then to Carlingford Lough.
The class also conducted a route march from Haulbowline to Cobh. A total distance of 12.7 miles while carrying a full backpack. So far they have raised €2,550 and intend to continue fundraising over the coming weeks in the form of sponsorship cards.
They class, aged between 18 and 26 years, come from counties Antrim, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Down, Dublin, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Tyrone, Waterford, Westmeath and Wexford.
Some family names originate from: Latvia, Italy, Lithuania, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Philippines.