A 25-year-old cadet from Lilliesleaf has sailed through training to a new career as a Royal Navy officer.
Sub-Lieutenant Dominik Wielbo, a former pupil of Selkirk High School and student administrator at Borders College, was among the latest cadets who marked their formal commissioning as an officer on parade at Britannia Royal Naval College in Devon.
To earn his place on the parade ground, Dominik completed an intensive 30-week training course, spending the final phase on board one of the Royal Navy’s newest Type 45 destroyers, HMS Defender, operating in UK waters.
Dominik, who has signed up to become a Royal Navy pilot, said: “The training was both physically and mentally challenging, and definitely pushed me well beyond what I thought were my limits on a number of occasions.
“Initial Fleet Time on board HMS Defender, which coincided with the remembrance service at the site of HMS Swordfish, was incredibly moving and totally different from attending the Galashiels service at the town war memorial.”
He added: “Ever since I stopped wanting to be a train driver at a very early age I’ve wanted to do nothing else other than fly aircraft after attending many air shows as a child.”