A good bet as Captain

Trainee Royal Navy Officer Joe Adams tries out the Captain's chair
Trainee Royal Navy Officer Joe Adams tries out the Captain's chair
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A Royal Navy Officer Cadet from Linslade celebrated the end of his basic training with a rapid one-day promotion.

Midshipman Joe Adams was the successful bidder in a charity auction held at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) to win the right to be ‘Captain for the Day’.

The 26-year-old arrived at the college in February to undergo a 30-week training course to prepare him for a career as a Naval Officer. As a result of his successful bid Joe got to wear the rank of Captain and work alongside the real Commanding Officer of the College, Captain Henry Duffy.

Joe said: “One of the divisions in my intake organised the charity auction to raise money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

“It was a bet by the rest of my division challenging me to bid a month’s wages to be Captain for the day and here I am. I spent the morning on parade taking the salute from the rest of the college and I gave out an award during the prize-giving.

“I’ve also sat in on some of the real Captain’s meetings, including a diary meeting to see what he has coming up in the future. It made me realise how busy he is and how much work is involved.

“Obviously being Captain brings a lot of responsibility, but it was quite mind-blowing to see what he has to do. That said, I think any Naval Officer passing out of BRNC has ambitions to go as high as they possibly can, so 100% I’d like to be in his position one day.”

The following day Joe and his fellow Officer Cadets marched out on parade before their families and friends to mark their formal commissioning as Naval Officers and the completion of their course.

The training at BRNC is split into three distinct phases. While the first two take place predominately within the college grounds, Joe spent the final phase of his training assigned to the Helicopter Carrier HMS Ocean.

During his time on board the ship was operating as part of the Royal Navy’s Cougar 14 deployment in the Mediterranean. The annual exercise allows the UK’s Response Force Task Group, designed to be deployed in emergency situations thousands of miles from home, to practice its world class maritime skills.

Joe said: “lthough I am now commissioned the training does not stop just yet. Over the course of the next year I will be spending time between Dartmouth and Portsmouth as I train towards the ultimate role as Mine Clearance Diving Officer. The training is notoriously tough, with a hug.”

The former pupil of Cedars Upper School studied for a degree in sports science with coaching at Sheffield Hallam University. Prior to joining the Royal Navy Joe worked as an account manager.

He said: “I joined the Royal Navy to work in an exciting role, with young energetic people who want to achieve the same goals, in a job where no day is ever the same.

“The Royal Navy also allows me to develop on a professional basis whilst aligning it with various other areas of personal interest.

“The Armed Forces and in particular the Royal Navy are unique in the fact that they actively push you to represent them in sport and will assist you with everything you need to be successful.

“Additionally of course the Navy deploys all over the world in a range of different roles, and the opportunity to travel while I worked, to me, was a no brainer.”

Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at www.royalnavy.mod.uk or by calling the Recruitment Line on 08456 07 55 55.