Submariner is rising up ranks

Ian McInnes
Ian McInnes

A 34-year-old from Bishopbriggs has celebrated his promotion to the officer corps on parade at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC).

Sub Lieutenant Ian McInnes was one of 77 officer cadets who took part in the parade.

They were watched by their families, friends and distinguished guests, including Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, vice chief of the defence staff, who was the VIP inspecting officer.

Having originally joined the Royal Navy as a Rating in 1998, Ian undertook a 10-week course at the world-renowned college, in Devon, to prepare him for his new role.

And not only did he ease his way through every section of the tough course – he was also presented with the prize as one of the top students in his class.

The newly-promoted Sub Lieutenant told the Herald: “From joining the Royal Navy as an 18-year-old marine engineering mechanic, I have thoroughly relished the challenges my career has thrown at me so far.

“I completed my artificers course in 2008 and from there set my aim on becoming an Officer.

“I’m very happy to have now done so.”

Ian is a former pupil of Bishipbriggs High School and still has family who live in the area.

A submariner by trade, he has previously served on board HMS Vanguard, HMS Superb and HMS Renown.

In his spare time Ian is the secretary of the Community First Charity in Lennoxtown.

He is also a volunteer for Fusion Charity which supports children with special educational needs.

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