A ROYAL Navy recruit from Chepstow has set sail on a new career and completed the first phase of his training at HMS Raleigh.

21-year-old trainee engineering technician Sam Broomhall arrived at the Royal Navy’s training establishment in Cornwall, last July. 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 Chepstow Comprehensive School previously worked as a farmers hand. He said: “I joined the Royal Navy to see the world and better myself. Initial training has been the hardest thing I have ever done, yet by far the most rewarding. The exercise on Dartmoor and the friends I have made here are the highlights of my training.”

With the first stage of his training complete Sam’s next port of call is HMS Sultan, in Hampshire. There he will learn the skills in marine engineering to keep the ship running smoothly, safely and effectively. Once fully qualified he will work on everything from the ship’s hull and engines to its electrical, fuel, hydraulic and fire fighting systems. As the ship will be away from port for weeks at a time, he’ll be trained to make spare parts and other vital components in the ship’s workshops.

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.

Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at www.royalnavy.mod.uk or by calling the Recruitment Line on 03456 00 53 02.