Cadet Paul claims prestigious prizes

Commodore Walworth OBE RFA, Cadet Paul Walkden and Mr. Saunders.
Commodore Walworth OBE RFA, Cadet Paul Walkden and Mr. Saunders.
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An Officer cadet in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Service has been awarded two prestigious prizes for his initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC).

Paul Walkden, 29, from Morecambe, passed out of the college in the summer with The Commodore’s Trophy for the Most Outstanding RFA Student.

He was presented with a further award by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) winning the RFA Cadet Award, the first time it has been presented.

His citation read: “Cadet Walkden not only proved himself highly capable under all the tested modules of the BRNC Course, but also under the daily scrutiny by staff, in which he never failed to impress.”

Paul said: “I am honoured to receive the IMarEST prize; it has been a fantastic day.”

The prize was awarded by Commodore Bill Walworth OBE RFA, and Mr. John Saunders, IMarEST Professional Development and Communication Executive at Naval Command Headquarters in Portsmouth.

Paul, who attended Heysham High School, joined the RFA in May this year as a Deck Cadet where he will study navigation and seamanship. He is currently under training at Fleetwood Nautical College commencing the three year programme to earn his 
Officer of the Watch Qualification.

Once qualified he could find himself standing watch on the bridge of a Fleet Tanker in the Arabian Gulf or on a Bay-Class Landing Ship on amphibious exercise with the Royal Marines.

Cadet Walkden, who is due to marry his fiancée Carly Gardner in March just prior to joining his first ship, said: “I am eager to put all I have learnt into practice at sea.”