A SWARLAND man has successfully completed the initial phase of officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, in his bid to become a warfare officer in the Royal Navy.
Murray Raine, 26, a former pupil of King Edward VI School, Morpeth, joined the Royal Navy in May last year.
After graduating from the University of Dundee with a degree in interactive media and design, he worked as an administrator for Northumbria University before making his career move to the Armed Forces.
To prepare for his career, he spent nearly a year in the Royal Naval Reserve based in HMS Calliope in the Above Water Force Protection branch.
The course at Dartmouth sets numerous challenges and there is significant emphasis on developing leadership skills throughout the training in addition to academic work.
He spent 10 weeks at sea in the amphibious assault ship, HMS Albion, which was operating predominately in UK and north European waters.
The time onboard gave Murray and his colleagues time to gain experience across all specialisations and departments in an operational warship.
During the summer leave period, Murray also had the chance to be involved with a project in Sierra Leonne where a group of cadets from the naval college visited the country to deliver a leadership training course they developed for the Sierra Leonne Forces.
Murray said: “I’ve really enjoyed my training and know that my future career will bring me many opportunities and challenges.”
Murray’s parents, Phil and Anne Raine travelled to Dartmouth to watch the passing-out parade, when the salute was taken by Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, The First Sea Lord.
Sub Lieutenant Raine has now begun the initial warfare officer (foundation) course at Britannia Royal Naval College, where he will continue to develop his navigation and maritime skills.