Naval career for Ipswich student

A FORMER Suffolk College student has completed the Royal Navy's intensive eight-week training programme to become a sailor.Ipswich Royal Navy Stores accountant Louis Owens was among the latest batch of recruits to complete initial training at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.

A FORMER Suffolk College student has completed the Royal Navy's intensive eight-week training programme to become a sailor.

Ipswich Royal Navy Stores accountant Louis Owens was among the latest batch of recruits to complete initial training at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.

The 27-year-old arrived at the Royal Navy's training establishment in October for eight weeks of training to turn him from a civilian to a sailor.

During the past eight weeks, he has learnt the basic skills required by every sailor, including seamanship, firefighting, weapons training and teamwork.

Mr Owens, who was a sales consultant before joining the Royal Navy, said: “I joined the Royal Navy for the travel, adventure and to have a good and wonderful career.

“Phase one training was the most fulfilling achievement of my life so far.”

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Mr Owens will remain at HMS Raleigh to undergo specialist training at the Defence Maritime Logistics School to prepare him for his future career.