Naval trainee prepares to set sail

A YOUNG man from Kesgrave is today preparing to set sail on the open seas after completing his Royal Navy training.

A YOUNG man from Kesgrave is today preparing to set sail on the open seas after completing his Royal Navy training.

David Smith, 23, marched out on parade at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall to mark the completion of his basic training.

The trainee submariner joined the Royal Navy in November 2008 and has now completed nine weeks of intensive training.

The course covered basic instruction in marching and naval procedures as well as an induction in seamanship techniques, fire-fighting and weapons training. I


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It also included a series of mental and physical challenges to promote team working and culminates with the passing-out-parade when recruits march before their families and friends.

The former Deben High School pupil, who previously worked as a cashier, said: “I joined the Royal Navy to have an exciting career in a field that is unusual in comparison with civilian opportunities. Training has been extremely challenging, but also tremendously rewarding.”

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David is now heading to HMS Sultan in Hampshire where he will learn the engineering skills needed to keep the submarines of the Royal Navy running.

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