Burnmouth naval cadet makes the grade

An Officer Cadet from Berwick-upon-Tweed, 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 Sub Lieutenant Matt Robertson.
An Officer Cadet from Berwick-upon-Tweed, 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 Sub Lieutenant Matt Robertson.

AN Officer Cadet from Burnmouth 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.

Sub Lieutenant Matt Robertson has undergone 30 weeks of training which consisted of numerous challenges with significant emphasis on developing leadership skills in addition to academic work.

The training included 10 weeks at sea in the amphibious assault ship, HMS Bulwark which was operating predominately in UK waters and the Baltic. The time onboard gave the opportunity for Matt and his colleagues to gain experience across all specialisations and departments in an operational warship.

The course culminated in the passing-out-parade attended by the cadets’ families and friends.

A film crew have been following the 2011 September entry throughout their training and Matt has been one of the individuals the team has focussed on. The programme will be shown later this year on the Military Channel.

The 23-year-old, a former pupil of Berwickshire High School, joined the Royal Navy after graduating from Heriot-Watt University with a degree in building surveying.

Matt served as a Special Force Constable before making his major career move to the Armed Forces.

Sub Lieutenant Robertson, currently undertaking the Initial Warfare Officer’s foundation course, before an appointment at sea, said: “I have been selected to go on an exchange to the USA to work with the US Navy for four weeks which will provide valuable experience before returning and continuing on a ship for nine months.”