A Sunderland sailor has celebrated his formal commissioning as a Royal Navy Officer.
Midshipman Liam Flood, 25, was one of about 145 Officer Cadets who took part in the parade at Britannia Royal Naval College, watched by their families, friends and distinguished guests, including the First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval staff, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, who was the VIP inspecting officer.
The former St Aiden’s Sixth Form College student had worked in retail before joining the navy.
To earn his place on the parade ground, Liam completed an intensive 30-week training course, which included a spell on Type 23 frigate, HMS Portland.
He said: “I joined the Royal Navy to have a career like no other, where no two days are ever the same.
“The Royal Navy also gives you incredible and demanding opportunities and strives to push you to your limits and realise your potential.
“Something that plays a key role throughout training is the mission to ‘deliver courageous leaders with the spirit to fight and win’ and I feel this ethos has been instilled in me and all others who have passed through the college.
“It is a great relief to finish the course, however, this is only the start of what I hope is a long career.”