A 22-year-old Royal Navy recruit from Seaford has set sail on a new career and completed the first phase of his training at HMS Raleigh.
Trainee Seaman Specialist David Beattie arrived at the Royal Navy’s training establishment, in Cornwall, at the beginning of March. He has since undergone a 10-week intensive training course to turn him from a civilian into a sailor.
The course culminates with the passing-out-parade when the successful recruits march out in front of their family and friends.
The former pupil of Seaford Head Community Collage previously worked as a supervisor in a leisure centre.
He said, “I joined the Royal Navy to travel the world, meet new people and for a challenging and rewarding career.
“Training has been hard work, interesting and diverse. I am proud to have completed the course. I’ve now reached a point in my life where I am ready to commit to something as professional as the Royal Navy.”
David will now undergo 10 months of further training to qualify as a Seaman Specialist.
Through a series of courses at HMS Raleigh and HMS Collingwood, he will develop the skills and techniques required to re-supply, anchor and berth Royal Navy ships.
He will also learn to operate the close communications systems and short-range weapons
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.
Royal Navy personnel can also be called upon to play a vital role in land-based operations, so 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.
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