It was a historic day on Sunday, October 30, 2022 when Vincentian Adaiah Providence-Culzac completed phase 1A of his Initial Officer Training at the Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC).
According to a release from a family member, he became the first male officer from St. Vincent and the Grenadines to serve in the Royal Navy and the first junior rating to be promoted to the officer ranks since recruitment began in the late 1990s.
“Sir PC” as he is affectionately known starts his new role in the Royal Navy Reserves as a Sub-lieutenant.
He was recently recruited into the UK Civil Service on a fast-track scheme. This follows a two-year stint at Royal Navy Command Headquarters as the policy lead for Climate Assessments in the D&I Policy team.
The passing out parade was witnessed by his sister Shanta Cupid and other family members and friends at the centuries’ old naval academy. The parade was preceded by an intimate church service and valediction.
The rigorous training package aimed at producing courageous leaders with the spirit to fight and win included strategic studies, green skills, land navigation and a 12 km navigational exercise. Other training serials included practical leadership tasks on land and in the maritime environment, boat handling, ceremonial training and defence writing.
Sub-Lieutenant Providence-Culzac commemorated the occasion with a specially engraved sword recognising his mother Hedda Providence-Moore as his biggest cheerleader. He also thanked his step-dad Marvis Moore for his enduring support.
The young Vincentian has been working behind the scenes to increase direct recruitment into the Royal Navy from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He has also been recognised for efforts to provide developmental opportunities for currently serving ratings from the Commonwealth.
Providence-Culzac joined the Royal Navy in 2017 and has since won several awards and commendations. He is also currently serving as a First Sea Lord Fellow.