After 18 months of hard work and determination, three pilots, five observers and one air crewman from RNAS Culdrose have been awarded their ‘flying wings’.
The formal ceremony, which marks the official start of a flying career within the Fleet Air Arm, was attended by the graduates’ families, friends and senior officers from the Royal Navy.
The students can now be deployed to safeguard the UK’s interests worldwide, and must be ready to conduct aviation in all weather and potentially hostile environments.
Commodore Jerry Kyd was guest of honour at the parade and addressed the students after presenting them with their ‘wings’.
He said: “RNAS Culdrose is the home of carrier aviation. It is a seminal, profound and hugely exciting period to be in the Royal Navy, and you will become the centre piece for defence. It is now your turn to stand out of the shadow of the great people who have come before you. Remember your training, it defines what you are and what you can be.”