An officer and a gentleman

Alastair Semple. Photograph by Craig Keating, VT Flagship College Photographer
Alastair Semple. Photograph by Craig Keating, VT Flagship College Photographer

ALAISTAIR Semple, who hails from Conniburrow, Milton Keynes, has successfully completed the initial phase of officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in his bid to become a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy.

Alastair, 25, a former pupil of the Royal Latin School, Buckingham joined the Royal Navy in April last year.

After leaving school, he attended Portsmouth University where he read history graduating in 2006 and then went on to work as a cashier for Barclays Bank before making the major career move to the Armed Forces.

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 Amphibious Assault Ship, HMS Albion which was operating in UK waters. The time onboard gave the opportunity for Alastair and his colleagues to gain experience across all specialisations and departments in an operational warship.

Due to the ships role there was also a comprehensive introduction to amphibious operations as a contingent of Royal Marines were embarked for an exercise off northern Scotland.

Alastair’s parents, Robert and Susan Semple, travelled to Dartmouth, Devon to witness the impressive Passing Out Parade in December. The salute was taken by The Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Vice Admiral Richard Ibbotson. They shared a truly memorable day to with their son.

Sub Lieutenant Alastair Semple is now at the start of his professional training commencing at the Royal Naval Air Station, Yeovilton, Somerset.