A FORMER pupil of Kelly College has marched out during a parade attended by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Midshipman (Mid) Miles Amery became one of the first to complete a newly enhanced basic training course for officers at Britannia Royal Naval College.

Miles joined the Royal Navy in February and has completed an intensive 30-week training course. The 22-year-old was one of 68 officer cadets on parade to mark the completion of their training. 

As the guest of honour, Mr Cameron, was invited to inspect the successful cadets, as they were watched by their families and friends. 

Initial naval training for officers is split into three distinct ten-week phases known as Militarisation, Marinisation and Initial Fleet Time.  While Miles undertook the first two phases of his training primarily at the Naval college in Dartmouth, he completed the final phase of the course on board the Type 42 destroyer HMS York, operating in UK waters and around Europe. 

By joining the Royal Navy, Miles is following in the footsteps of his father, Chief Petty Officer Bill Amery. 

CPO Amery said:  'To be able to stand alongside my son at his passing out parade is the proudest day of my life. Our family's union with the Royal Navy goes back many generations. To be able to present my grandfather's naval sword to him was a unique moment. 

'Miles has an exciting, challenging and rewarding career ahead of him. Needless to say, I shall be following his every move with envy. My only hope is that I don't have to bump into him every day and have to salute and call him sir!'

Miles will remain at Britannia Royal Naval College to start his specialist training in preparation for his role as a warfare officer.