Full steam ahead for Zoe’s navy ambitions

TRAINING Zoe Williams
TRAINING Zoe Williams
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ZOE Williams has completed initial training in her bid to become a warfare officer in the Royal Navy.

The 19-year-old former pupil of Portsmouth High School joined the Royal Navy in May last year and embarked on a tough training regime.

She recently spent 10 weeks at sea in the amphibious assault ship HMS Bulwark which was operating predominately in UK waters and was involved in Nato war games off Scotland.

The time onboard gave the opportunity for Zoe and her colleagues to gain experience across departments in an operational warship.

Zoe, from Portsmouth, said: ‘The training has been a great experience and it’s difficult to believe this is going to be my job sometimes.’

Her parents, Dr Andrew Williams and Katherine Barclay, travelled to the Britannia Royal Naval College, in Dartmouth, in Devon for the passing-out parade where the salute was taken by Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, the First Sea Lord.

Sub Lieutenant Williams now moves on to the foundation Initial Warfare Officer course at the college where she will continue to develop her skills before starting service at sea.

The navy said the course also has a significant emphasis on developing leadership skills throughout the training in addition to academic work.