Proud Ben passes out

Ben Normanton
Ben Normanton

A former Alnwick student has celebrated his formal commissioning as a Royal Navy Officer on parade at Britannia Royal Naval College in Devon.

Midshipman Ben Normanton, 21, who went to the Duchess’s Community High School, was one of around 130 Officer Cadets who took part in the parade, watched by their families, friends and distinguished guests, including the Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral David Steel, who was the VIP inspecting officer.

To earn his place on the parade ground, Ben completed an intensive 30-week training course.

Ben said: “I feel extremely accomplished having passed out of one of the most respected Naval officer training establishments in the world.”

Ben graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2012 with a degree in history. Prior to embarking on his naval career, he worked as an operations manager for a media company.

With the first phase of his training complete, Ben will transfer to HMS Raleigh in Cornwall to begin his specialist course to qualify as a Logistics Officer.