A 26-year-old from Eastbourne has celebrated his formal commissioning as a Royal Navy Officer on parade at Britannia Royal Naval College.
Midshipman Alex Lucani was one of the latest group of Officer Cadets who took part in the passing-out parade, watched by their families, friends and distinguished guests. Admiral Sir Philip Jones, the First Sea Lord, was the VIP inspecting officer.
To earn his place on the parade ground, the budding weapons engineer completed an intensive 30-week training course, which was split into two distinct 15-week phases.
While the course predominately takes place at the world-renowned College in Dartmouth, the training also includes a six-week ship acquaint. Alex was assigned to the Type 23 frigate HMS Somerset, which was operating in home waters.
Alex said: “Training was extremely challenging but rewarding. You meet great people, experience great things, but I am still delighted that it’s over.”
Prior to joining the Royal Navy Alex graduated from University of West of England, Bristol, with a first-class mathematics degree.
He previously worked as a recruitment consultant.
Alex said: “I joined the Royal Navy to move away from office life and find a career where I can travel the world.
“I enjoy being at sea and playing sport and the Navy provides me with both of those opportunities, while also allowing me to work with amazing technology.”
With the first phase of his training now complete, Alex will report to HMS Collingwood, in Hampshire, this month, to begin his specialist training.