London, 12 August - The Philippine Embassy reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that a young Filipina naval officer successfully completed the naval officers training course at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth, United Kingdom.

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Philippine Navy Ensign Maycee Angga with Consul Rommel Romato at the BRNC Passing-Out-Parade

Philippine Navy's Ensign Maycee Angga was given the Best International Student award at the BRNC passing-out-parade (graduation) last 11 August. She finished the course along with 131 naval officers from the UK, Albania, the Bahamas, Egypt, Libya, Qatar, UAE, and Ukraine.

Ensign Angga was the lone female officer among the international (i.e., non-UK) cadets who graduated from the prestigious naval college this year. Out of the 20 foreign cadets admitted to BRNC this year, only 10 were able to finish the course.

The young naval officer from Bataan made a record for being the first Filipino to attend and complete the course at BRNC under the auspices of the Philippine Navy and the UK Government. The intensive 30 week training course started last 4 January 2016 and ended in August 2016. The course which took place at the world-renowned naval college in England also included study visit to France, and a three week ship acquaint where Angga was assigned to HMS Bulwark, an amphibious assault ship, operating in UK waters.

The Philippine Embassy was represented at the passing-out-parade by Consul Rommel Romato who conveyed Ambassador Evan Garcia's congratulatory message to Ensign Angga. Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE, Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, was the guest of honor of the ceremony.

BRNC was established in 1863 in Dartmouth, England as the initial officer training establishment of the British Royal Navy. A large contingent of its cadets are from the Royal Navy, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, as well as naval organizations from foreign and Commonwealth countries. END