CO. CORK, Ireland - The commissioning ceremony for the 57th Naval Service Cadet Class took place on Friday afternoon at the Naval Base, in Haulbowline, Co. Cork.
"As officers of the defence forces, each of you has chosen a very demanding career, but one that is also very fulfilling and rewarding. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy the many positive and gratifying aspects of military life. Principally the comradeship, the challenges and the very high level of job satisfaction that comes from leading and serving others," the Minister with Responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe said in an address to the class.
The minister set out the benefits associated with a career in the Naval Service and the Permanent Defence Forces. He paid tribute to the staff of the Naval College for their work in preparing and training the new officers
"I would like to commend and give a special mention to the Naval College staff involved in preparing and training these young officers. They have carried out the task of developing and cultivating these fine young people for their future careers with care and commitment. The successful results of their hard work and dedication stand before us today and they can be justly proud of the good work they have done," he said.
The minister also paid tribute to the families and friends of the members of the 57th Naval Service Cadet Class for their support and encouragement.