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Navy recuits begin training

PUBLISHED: 18:55 30 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

A NAVY recruiting office has sent five young apprentices to begin basic training at HMS Raleigh – its biggest entry in recent years.

The five youngsters, who were all appointed by the Ipswich Navy recruiting office, are joining to become artificers – the Navy's modern apprentices.

A NAVY recruiting office has sent five young apprentices to begin basic training at HMS Raleigh – its biggest entry in recent years.

The five youngsters, who were all appointed by the Ipswich Navy recruiting office, are joining to become artificers – the Navy's modern apprentices.

They are Michael Hunter, from Pettistree, near Woodbridge, Andrew Westley, from Felixstowe, John Moncur, from Lawford, Simon Dow and Tom Burnham, both from Ipswich.

Chief petty officer Laurie Moody, said: "It is very unusual to have so many artificer candidates starting their training together, but I think they will enjoy it, and support each other through the basic training.

"They are a good bunch, all with different aims, different skills, different backgrounds, and I am sure they will all do really well in the Navy."

Michael, 17, a former Thomas Mills High School pupil, said: "I was always interested in the Forces, and in engineering. This job means I get the best of both."

Andrew, also 17, said he wanted to specialise in weapons engineering and hoped to become an officer.


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