(CMR) Two members of the newly-established Cayman Islands Coast Guard, Mid Christopher McTaggart and Mid Arianna Wheeler Seijas, have graduated from the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, UK, as trained Midshipmen.
They were among a group of 18 officers who recently completed the Accelerated Officers Program at the naval college. The program culminated with a passing out parade of the 16 new officers commissioned into the Royal Naval Reserve and the two Midshipmen of the CICG.
The culmination of nine weeks of full-time training, the Parade at Britannia Royal Naval College was a proud day for the Midshipmen and their families, many of whom traveled to Dartmouth to watch them celebrate their success, including Commander Robert Scotland, the Commander of the Cayman Islands Coast Guard.
“I am delighted that two members of the CICG were able to attend this year’s AOP. The AOP provided an opportunity to learn the basics of seamanship, teamwork and leadership, all key skills for the CICG’s future leaders, which provide a solid foundation on which we can begin to develop our Officer cadre,” Commander Scotland said.
“This year’s AOP is just the beginning of what I’m sure will be a long and mutually beneficial partnership between the CICG and the Royal Navy. The friendships established this year at Britannia Royal Naval College between the Royal Naval Reserve Officers and our new Midshipmen will ultimately help to ensure that we, as a United Kingdom Overseas Territory, can continue to play an active role in helping to preserve the maritime safety and security of our Islands, while being ready to support our sister Overseas Territories during times of need,” he continued.