Dartmouth Naval college Dad: It's my proudest moment
CHIEF Petty Officer Bill Amery was the proudest dad when his son Miles passed out as a navy officer where he trained himself.
CPO Amery was emotional when the 21-year-old midshipman became an officer during a special ceremony at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.
The ceremony was attended by high-ranking navy officers and Prime Minister David Cameron.
CPO Amery, with 36 years in the Royal Navy, said: "It's fantastic. I must have the biggest smile here. It must be every navy dad's dream to see their son become a naval officer.
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"It has been a long time coming. I'm so proud of him. I just hope he won't expect me to salute him and call him sir."
CPO Amery, from Shiphay in Torquay, served both at sea and ashore all around the world with the last six years as an instructor to officer cadets at Dartmouth, including Miles.
The 21-year-old former student from Kelly College, Tavistock, said he had wanted to join the navy since being a young lad when his dad would take him on a boat.
He said: "I'm proud of dad. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time. I'm proud to follow in his footsteps. It was hard work but I have enjoyed every minute of it. It has been such a fantastic experience."
CPO Amery added: "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."
Midshipman Amery will now enter phase two of his training at BRNC.