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Sailor Carl Crook completes basic training for life on the waves
A SAILOR from West Lulworth has completed the first stage of his naval training and is now on course for a career at sea.
Trainee air engineering technician Carl Crook has passed out from HMS Raleigh in Cornwall after completing a 10-week basic training course.
The 25-year-old joined his comrades for the passing out parade in front of friends and family.
Carl, who attended the Purbeck School, said: “I joined the Royal Navy for a brighter future, to better myself and serve my country. “Training was tough, but always enjoyable. “The outdoor exercises, the rifle training and making so many new friends for life, stand out as the high points.”
Carl, who was a chef before signing up for the Royal Navy, added: “Passing the course is the biggest accomplishment I’ve had in my life so far.
“Being on parade was my happiest moment. My aim is to reach the rank of at least petty officer.”
Carl started the course last December and underwent 10 weeks of intensive training designed to teach recruits the basic skills required by all sailors. With the first phase of his training complete Carl will transfer to HMS Sultan in Gosport, Hampshire. There he will learn how to carry out scheduled maintenance as well as pre-flight and post-flight servicing and inspections for the Fleet Air Arm’s helicopters.
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. Visit royalnavy.mod.uk for more details.