Ben Lombari who attended Smithdon High School, Hunstanton, has just passed out from his initial 11-week training course at HMS Raleigh.
Reflecting the needs of the modern navy the course is very tough including exercises on Dartmoor and Marine style physical training.
Ben is heading to sea as a Seaman Specialist but first a 22-week “trade” course awaits him at HMS Collingwood Portsmouth.
A keen drummer Ben played in the group SNG while a student at Smithdon and they won West Norfolk’s Battle of the Bands competition.
After leaving school Ben managed his parents’ seaside hotel before working in the building trade and the electrical wholesale trade; he was a well known face at Hunstanton seafront having worked in the bowling alley for many summers.
The call of the sea was always in his DNA after many holidays spent on his uncle’s yacht in Mallorca and his first choice is a posting to a type 45 Daring-class Destroyer.