William completes initial phase of officer training

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William Rignall, who hails from Olney 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 Submarine Service arm of the Royal Navy

Twenty-four-year old William, a former pupil of Speyside High School, Aberlour joined the Royal Navy in May last year. After graduating from The University of Stirling with a masters degree in international conflict and cooperation he worked locally in Olney in Barista and the Beans Coffee Shop whilst waiting for his entry date into the senior service.

The course at BRNC sets numerous challenges and there is significant emphasis on developing leadership skills throughout the training in addition to academic work. Ten weeks have been spent at sea in the Amphibious Assault ship, HMS Albion which was operating predominately in UK waters. The time onboard gave the opportunity for William and his colleagues to gain experience across all specialisations and departments in an operational warship. During the summer leave period William also had the opportunity to be involved with a project in Sierra Leonne where a group of cadets from BRNC visited the country to deliver a leadership training course they developed for the Sierra Leone Forces.

As he approached the parade marking the culmination of training William said: “Joining the Royal Navy has been the best decision I have ever made. The challenges and opportunities are brilliant. Going to Sierra Leonne was a one off opportunity and quite simply fantastic.”

William’s parents, Mrs Fiona Richardson from Olney and Mr Simon Rignall from Gosport travelled to Dartmouth, Devon to witness the impressive Passing-out Parade in December when the salute was taken by Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, The First Sea Lord. They shared a truly memorable day with their son.

Sub Lieutenant Rignall has now moved on to the Initial Warfare Officer (Foundation) course at BRNC where he will continue to develop his navigation and maritime skills.