Friday 14th December 2018

Liverpool Recruits Pass Navy Training

Two budding sailors from Liverpool were among the successful Royal Navy recruits on parade at HMS Raleigh to mark the end of their basic training.

Trainee Engineering Technicians Alexander Black and Joseph Harnick arrived at the Royal Navy training base in Cornwall in November 2012.

During a 10-week course they have been given a thorough induction into the Royal Navy, learning skills that they will rely upon throughout their time in the Service. The course culminates with the passing-out-parade attended by families and friends.

Alexander, aged 19, comes from Maghull and attended Fazakerley High School. He said: "Initial training is set at a fast pace, which has kept everyone on their toes. It's be great making so many new friends for life and gaining a good level of fitness. I particularly enjoyed the weapons training and the outdoor exercises. "

Joseph is a former pupil of St Francis Xaviers College and previously worked as a scaffolder's labourer. The 22-year-old said:

"I joined the Royal Navy for a good career, to challenge myself and travel the world. Determination is really the key to passing the course."

With the first phase of their training complete the two recruits will be heading to HMS Sultan in Hampshire for their professional courses.

There they will learn the skills in marine engineering to keep the ship running smoothly, safely and effectively. Once fully qualified they will work on everything from the ship's hull and engines to its electrical, fuel, hydraulic and fire fighting systems. As the ship will be away from port for weeks at a time, they'll be trained to make spare parts and other vital components in the ship's workshops.

The Royal Navy's Initial Naval Training course is underpinned by nine Core Maritime Skills that are the foundations of naval life and underpin operational effectiveness. Recruits are taught the basics of Naval discipline and customs. They learn about navigation and are given the chance to take the helm of their own medium sized inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise. With Royal Navy personnel playing a vital role in Afghanistan and other land-based operations, recruits undergo training in basic combat skills which includes survival in the field. Fitness is a key component of the training and is delivered using a disciplined method of military fitness which focuses on developing co-ordination and individual physical strength and endurance.

As the course progresses the recruits take part in three extended exercises to test their skills and understanding of the principles they have been taught.

Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at www.royalnavy.mod.uk > or by calling the Recruitment Line on 08456 07 55 55.

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