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WO Brian Kerrigan back row second in from the left

Ebony cane for Yeovilton's Base Warrant Officer

Published: 15 Sep 2014

Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral David Steel, has recently presented nine proud Base Warrant Officers, including RNAS Yeovilton's Brian Kerrigan, with new canes in a unique ceremony onboard HMS Victory. 

In recognition of a new selection process for Base Warrant Officers, Vice Admiral Steel presented 9 of the 11 Base Warrant Officers with the canes at their annual gathering with him. The canes are carried as a ‘badge of honour’ and distinguish this position from other ranks within the shore base; they are seen as an honour to carry. 

The Base Warrant Officer is the most senior Non-Commissioned Officer at an establishment and is a key adviser to the Command on issues such as welfare, morale, and personal development. 

Attending the ceremony was the Warrant Officer of the Naval Service, Steve Cass, he said: “The Base Warrant Officer role was created over ten years ago and the original soft wood canes were in need of replacement. Today’s presentation of new ebony items coincides with the recently revised Terms of Reference and selection process. The BWO is the key upholder of values and standards and the role is a challenging but prestigious one that many aspire to reach. Those that were able to take time off from their busy schedules to attend today were delighted with the new canes which along with the other measures will help to reinforce their status.” 

WO Kerrigan said: 

“It was a great honour to receive this mark of respect and authority in such an historical setting on board HMS Victory from 2SL – Second Sea Lord. This setting was fantastic we were just in front of where Nelson fell during the battle of Trafalgar”


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