A new batch of CENOE cadets from the Kuwait Naval Forces and the Qatari Navy received their first officers’ stripes.
This military ceremony, placed under the presidency of Rear Admiral Philippe HELLO, commanding the Naval Academy and the Poulmic school group, is the occasion to award the trainees their officers’ epaulettes.
CENOE (Naval academy training courses for foreign officers), that are entrusted to DCI-NAVFCO, celebrates this year its 20th anniversary as the first batch of Kuwaitis cadets arrived in 1995. CENOE trains non-French-speaking foreign officers under a partnership with the French Navy. The objective of this four-year course is to provide foreign officer trainees with military, maritime and scientific education. On return to their homeland, they will be able to fulfil the functions of Officer Of the Watch or Engineering Officer Of the Watch, as well as Head of Department functions on board small ships.
«This ceremony marks a milestone in the career path of these future naval officers,» declared Jean-Michel PALAGOS, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DCI. «It enhances DCI’s experience in the transfer of French Navy know-how and life skills to these officers. This batch is really special for us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CENOE training. Countries like Kuwait and Qatar trust us to train their future officers. We are extremely pleased with this and strive to make these fruitful partnerships last».
The company was created in 1972 to assist military equipment sales to foreign countries. Its main mission consisted of providing operational training courses based on the know-how of the French Armed Forces. DCI is an upper medium size service provider in which the French government is the concurring shareholder. DCI now operates throughout the defense and security spectrum. Culturally close to the Ministry of Defense, DCI offers outsourcing services to foreign countries, for:
– consulting and assistance throughout the life cycle of armament programs,
– training engineering in the academic, operational and technical fields.
Lastly, DCI and its subsidiaries have been partners of the French Armed Forces for 10 years within the scope of service contracts and are endeavouring to extend their activities to European Union countries.
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