Chichester woman trains to become Royal Navy warfare officer

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A CHICHESTER woman is on her way to becoming a warfare officer in the Royal Navy.

Victoria Adams, 25, is a former Chichester High School for Girls pupil and has just finished the first phase of training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.

Victoria joined last September after graduating from the University College London with a degree in classics, which included a period of study abroad.

During her time at university she was an active member of the University Royal Naval Unit which whetted her appetite for a career in the armed forces.

She is also following in her father’s footsteps as he is a former lieutenant commander in the Royal Navy and her sister Hannah is a serving lieutenant in the Army.

The course at BRNC sets numerous challenges and there is a significant emphasis on developing leadership skills throughout the training course in addition to completing academic work.

As part of the scheme Victoria spent ten weeks on the amphibious assault ship HMS Ocean, which was operating in waters around the UK.

The time on board provided the opportunity for Victoria and her colleagues to gain experience across all specialisations and departments in an operational warship.

Victoria’s parents, Raymond and Sarah Adams, travelled to Dartmouth to witness the impressive passing-out parade, during which the salute was taken by Prince Michael of Kent.