Jonathan’s on the crest of a wave

Midshipman Jonathan Green.
Midshipman Jonathan Green.
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A 23-year-old from Chorley has celebrated his formal commissioning as a Royal Navy officer on parade at Britannia Royal Naval College.

Midshipman Jonathan Green was one of 96 officer cadets who took part in Lord High Admiral’s Divisions, the most prestigious parade in the BRNC calendar, watched by their families and friends.

To earn his place on the parade ground Jonathan completed an intensive 30 week training course, which was split into three distinct 10 week phases.

While the first two took place predominately at the world renowned college in Devon, Jonathan spent the final phase of his training assigned to the Fleet Flagship HMS Bulwark, an amphibious assault ship.

He said: “The training has been tough both physically and mentally, with two gruelling leadership exercises, one on Dartmoor and the other on the River Dart, proving the make-or-break point for many cadets.

“We embarked on HMS Bulwark in Plymouth, ready for a challenging three week period of Operational Sea Training. This is a training package every ship goes through routinely to test its readiness for war, and consists of a series of

inspections, damage control exercises and breakdown drills.

“We were heavily involved in many of the serials, which was an invaluable opportunity to gain experience and skills

previously only taught in a theoretical environment.”

The former pupil of Holy Cross Catholic High School swapped his life as a civilian to join the Royal Navy last year.

In 2009 he enrolled on the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme and graduated from Newcastle University in July 2012 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Jonathan’s interest in the Royal Navy began in 2005.

He said: “Back then I was a member of the Chorley Sea Cadets, and we’d just been given 12 places on the decommissioning voyage of the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible.

“That trip, and more importantly the insight it gave me into Naval life, was to prove the spark that ignited a burning passion for all things navy, and set the ball rolling on its long journey, a journey that would eventually lead me to here to Dartmouth.

“Overall training’s been tough, enjoyable and hugely rewarding.

“It’s provided me with the perfect stepping stone to the next stage of my career and to life in the Royal Navy beyond that. I’m extremely proud to have passed out of BRNC and will always look back fondly on my time here.”

With the first phase of his training complete Jonathan will transfer to HMS Sultan in Hampshire to begin his specialist training to qualify as a marine engineer working on board submarines.

The Royal Navy’s initial naval training course for officers is underpinned by nine core maritime skills that are the foundations of naval life and essential to operational effectiveness.

It involves maritime training on the River Dart and also uses the rugged environment of Dartmoor to teach the cadets how to operate and lead in the field.

The course is progressive and designed to ensure that the cadets are equipped to undertake assignments both at sea and on land, working jointly with other parts of the UK Armed Forces and in partnership with other nations.

Fitness training is delivered using a disciplined method of military fitness, which focuses on developing co-ordination and individual physical strength and endurance.

Command, leadership and management training is a constant thread throughout the course with an emphasis on coaching, mentoring and development activities.