Number 7 Platoon commanded by Lieutenant D H Dakin was rated the overall winning platoon at the Passing Out Parade today [Jan.28] for the Bermuda Regiment’s 47th annual Recruit Camp where 73 new recruits completed the fourteen day camp.
Governor and Commander-in-Chief Sir Richard Gozney, Premier Paula Cox, Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier and other dignitaries sat through a light rain as they watched the two platoons, Numbers 7 and 8, complete their last military training exercise by taking part in the Platoon Drill Competition which was also won by No 7 Platoon. Also on hand were about hundreds of family and friends of the men and women on parade.
The men and women had been under command of Captain Duncan Simons with WO2 Oldenburg, on Loan Service from the UK and, for the duration of the camp only, Sgts Goodman and Knight from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment; and Sgt Thomas from 2nd Battalion, The Jamaica Defence Force.
Near the end both Sir Richard and Regiment Commanding Officer Lt/Col Brian Gonsalves addressed the 73 soldiers who were passing into Training Company. Both thanked the men and women for their efforts, said they were making a contribution to Bermuda, and that with the right attitude, they could derive personal benefit from their three years of part-time military service.
Following a short Sunset Ceremony mounted by the Band and Drums of the Bermuda Regiment, the four flags that had been flying for the past two weeks were lowered, the Governor and Premier departed, and the Camp was officially over.
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