A FORMER Morpeth pupil is embarking on a successful career in the Armed Forces after completing initial officer training.
Murray Raine, 26, has successfully negotiated the first phase of training at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in his bid to become a warfare officer in the Royal Navy.
The former King Edward VI School pupil joined up last year after graduating from the University of Dundee with a degree in interactive media and design and working as an administrator at Northumbria University.
To prepare for his new career he spent nearly a year in the Royal Naval Reserve, based in HMS Calliope in the Above Water Force Protection branch.
The Dartmouth course involved numerous challenges, with a strong emphasis on leadership skills, and 10 weeks were spent at sea aboard the amphibious assault ship HMS Albion.
During summer leave, there was also an opportunity to take part in a project in Sierra Leone, where cadets delivered a leadership training course they had developed for the local forces.
Sub Lieutenant Raine said: “I’ve really enjoyed my training and know that my future career will bring me many opportunities and challenges.”
His parents Phil and Anne travelled from their home in Swarland to watch the passing-out parade in Dartmouth, where 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 to continue to develop his navigation and maritime skills.