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The Corps of Drums from HM Royal Marines Band at the BTE Academy CCF parade

Top brass for Bristol UTC

Senior Royal Navy figure joins cadet force launch parade at BTE Academy

Posted by Stephanie Broad | May 02, 2016 | School life

One of the most senior figures in the Royal Navy was in Bristol for the official launch of Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF).

Rear Admiral John Clink, Flag Officer Sea Training, was accompanied by a Corps of Drums from Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band plus other naval officers, staff, pupils and parents, for the cadets’ official inauguration parade at the academy in north Bristol. 

BTE Academy, which opened in September 2013, is one of six University Technical Colleges (UTCs) already affiliated to the Royal Navy. 

The CCF already has a contingent of 30 cadets supported by three adult volunteers drawn from the academy staff, who have undertaken the initial officer training course at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. 

Cadet Petty Officer Chloe Gibbs meets Rear Admiral John Clink

“We are very proud to be launching one of the very few school cadet forces outside the independent sector in this region,” says Rhian Priest, Principal at BTE Academy. 

“The Royal Navy is committed to the enduring success of the UTC concept by providing access to world class facilities and technical expertise to enrich the development of UTC students to generate the technicians and graduates of tomorrow.

“The Royal Navy has been one of our sponsor organisations from day one and our RN Cadet Section will further cement these links.”

Rear Admiral John Clink said: “I have had a brilliant day seeing BTE Academy’s CCF come to life. The combination of the UTC and CCF experience gives the UK’s future engineers an amazing opportunity and it’s a privilege to have been here to meet such an inspiring group of young people.”

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