Prince meets cadets as they take on sea training
OFFICER cadets from Britannia Royal Naval College were introduced to Prince Charles when he visited the Royal Navy's flagship HMS Bulwark.
The Dartmouth-based cadets are undertaking their initial fleet time on board the ship and eight of them met the Prince during his tour of the ship.
The future king took an interest in the cadets at the college and was keen to know how they were adapting to life onboard ship.
Cadet Jonathan Kenward said: "Prince Charles took a genuine interest in our training, and joked it was much harder in his day."
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Army officer, Captain Alex Lassoued, one of BRNC's divisional training officers, said: "For most, it was the first time they had met a member of the Royal Family and they were eager to make a good impression.
"After His Royal Highness had disembarked, it was clear his visit had a very positive effect on the ship's company and lifted the spirits of everyone involved."
During his visit Prince Charles presented long service and good conduct medals to two members of the ship's company with the help of cadet Catherine Pease.
She said: "Meeting Prince Charles was an honour and a privilege. After presenting the two medals, he wished us all the best of luck for the future."
A group of 42 cadets from BRNC's Diamond and Artful Divisions are on HMS Bulwark as part of their final phase of initial naval training.
The ship is currently conducting exercises off Plymouth.
His Royal Highnesses' visit was part of a tour of the south west.
The cadets now have a further five weeks on board learning the ropes before returning to the college for their passing out parade.