Officer Cadet Kirsty completes training

Royal Navy Officer Cadet Kirsty Leslie
Royal Navy Officer Cadet Kirsty Leslie

An Ellon woman has celebrated her formal commissioning as a member of the Queen Alexandra Royal Navy Nursing Service on parade at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Devon.

Sub Lieutenant Kirsty Leslie (25) was one of 160 Officer Cadets who took part in the parade, watched by their families, friends and distinguished guests.

The guest of honour was Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock, the Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, who inspected the parade and took the salute during the march pass.

To earn her place on the parade ground, Kirsty completed an intensive 30-week training course, which was split into three distinct 10-week phases. 

Whilst the course predominately takes place at the world renowned College in Dartmouth, the training includes a three week ship acquaint when Leslie was assigned to HMS Bulwark, operating in UK waters.

Kirsty said: “At times the course has been the hardest, but most enjoyable experience, which has seen me gain some friends for life and learn so much about myself.”

A former pupil of Ellon Academy, Kirsty studied for her nursing degree at Robert Gordon University.

Prior to joining the Service she worked as a community nurse.

Kirsty’s brother, David, is also serving in the Royal Navy as a Leading Engineering Technician, based at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton.

With her training complete, Kirsty will be assigned to the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

The Royal Navy’s Initial Naval Training Course for Officers is underpinned by nine Core Maritime Skills that are the foundations of naval life and essential to operational effectiveness.

It involves maritime training on the River Dart and also uses the rugged environment of Dartmoor to teach the Cadets how to operate and lead in the field.