Prime Minister in Cranwell to review RAF graduation

Prime Minister David Cameron at the Passing out parade at RAF cranwell. (495B).
Prime Minister David Cameron at the Passing out parade at RAF cranwell. (495B).
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THE Prime Minister was at RAF Cranwell yesterday morning (Thursday) to review the graduation of an officer training course.

David Cameron was met at RAF College Cranwell by Air Commodore Paul Oborn, who is Commandant of the college and director of recruitment and initial officer training.

Air Commodore Oborn said: “It is a great privilege for the Royal Air Force and for the Royal Air Force College Cranwell to have the Prime Minister with us today for our Royal Review.

“We are proud of our graduating officers and delighted that the Prime Minister has been able to see at first hand the sharp, bright, robust and operationally-focused young men and women graduating as officers into the Royal Air Force of the 21st Century.”

The Prime Minister was taken to the Parade Square where, after a Royal salute, there was a fly past by the Red Arrows.

Mr Cameron then inspected the officer cadets from the No. 23 Initial Officer Training Course and the No. 17 Specialist Entry and Re-entrant Course, who were on parade.

Following in the footsteps of former Prime Ministers Harold Macmillan and Margaret Thatcher, Mr Cameron, who is the third Prime Minister to visit RAF Cranwell, made a speech to the proud graduating officers and their families.

In his speech to the cadets he said it was a huge privilege to be at RAF Cranwell representing Her Majesty The Queen.

He said: “To me, this day is about three things: honour, duty and pride. For the Brits among you – the honour of joining the RAF. By joining this air force you have pledged to do your duty to defend our country.

“But most importantly, it’s about pride. You should be incredibly proud of what you have done. You have come through a period of hard and robust training. You’ve proved yourselves to be the best of the best.”

The Prime Minister then presented the annual prizes to them such as the Sword of Honour, the International Sword of Honour and the Queen’s Medal.

Finally, before leaving the station, he met some of the graduating officers and their families.

Mr Cameron was the first Prime Minister to visit the RAF base since Baroness Thatcher in 1983.