(CMR) The Cayman Island Coast Guard has announced that two of its members have commenced training at Britannia Royal Navy College as part of the Royal Navy's Accelerated Reserve Officers Training Programme.
OS Christopher McTaggart and OS Arianna Wheeler-Seijas are taking part in an intense 9-week course designed for the Royal Naval Reserve, exposing candidates to the highest standards of basic naval officer training.
Both officers expressed an immense sense of pride in being able to represent their country and the CICG at this level and are both humbled to have been selected to do so.
OS McTaggart said, “This has been the greatest opportunity of my life! I can't express how humbled and inspired I am to be a part of the RoyalNavy'ss AOP 22 program. I am making connections with the future officers of the greatest Navy in the world. I feel so honored to be walking the halls that delivered courageous leaders with the spirit to fight and win since 1863.”
He said the campus was filled with history, tradition and naval culture, and that he was excited to bring what he learned at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth home to Cayman to help ensure the CICG continues to provide a world-class coast guard service.
“I am also hopeful that I can set an example for future Coast Guard officers and members of the Commonwealth who look to follow in Ms. Wheeler and my footsteps. I can't thank the CICG command team enough for giving me this opportunity, and Petty Officer Adrian Clarke and Petty Officer Dwight Hunter for their guidance and vote of confidence,” he added.
OS Wheeler-Seijas stated, “This opportunity means the world to me! I'm grateful to be able to study abroad and represent my island and the standards which have been instilled in us so far through PO Clarke and PO Hunter, and all of our other amazing instructors. To be a part of this course with so many other bright and brilliant students is an honor.”