From school I went to Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth to win my Commission; then to the Royal Naval Engineering College Manadon (now demolished) for an Honours degree in Electrical Engineering, and later to the Royal Naval College Greenwich for a post grad diploma in Nuclear Reactor Technology. After my sea time in submarines, I became a specialist in sonar, homing torpedo development and stealth technology, the very stuff of 'Hunt for Red October' for which I could have written the script. For that, I took a Masters degree in Acoustics at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
As a creature of the Cold War, I served in HM Ships Vigilant, Hermes, and Barrosa and HM Submarines Andrew, Otter, Osiris, Conqueror and Revenge in which I was awarded an MBE for leadership during an emergency on patrol. After numerous staff appointments, I finished my Naval career in senior management ending up as Commodore in charge of the high profile HM Naval Base Clyde at Faslane, home base for the UK's nuclear-powered attack and strategic nuclear deterrent submarines.