Sunderland teenager graduates as Royal Navy weapons engineer

ET(WE) Daniel Taylor receives the certificate of course completion from VIPaptain Chris Hodkinson, Deputy Assistant Chief Of Staff (Land and Littoral Manoeuvre).
ET(WE) Daniel Taylor receives the certificate of course completion from VIPaptain Chris Hodkinson, Deputy Assistant Chief Of Staff (Land and Littoral Manoeuvre).
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Engineering Technician Daniel Taylor, 18, has graduated as a Weapons Engineer.

 Daniel, from Sunderland, completed his Phase 2training with Victory Squadron at HMS Collingwood, Fareham, Hampshire.

 He joined the Royal Navy in January as he had always wanted a career in the services and wanted a job that would make a difference.  

 The former Burger King employee said: “Passing out of Phase1 training at HMS Raleigh was the biggest achievement of my life so far.”

 Daniel is looking forward to getting to grips with his engineering trade.

 Following in the footsteps of his father Anthony, who spent 34 years in the Navy reaching promotion to Warrant Officer 1, Daniel said “The Royal Navy has been challenging and stressful at times but has made me realise things about myself which were unknown to me before and I couldn’t imagine myself doing any other job.”

 At HMS Collingwood Daniel undertook the Weapons Engineering Training Course where he learnt about the Royal Navy’s weapon systems, safety procedures, electrical and electronic repair techniques and the basics of hydraulics and pneumatics.

  On board, Daniel will work alongside marine, warfare and logistics specialists and lead and manage experts in communications, IT, explosives and electronic sensor systems.

 HMS Collingwood is the home of the Maritime Warfare School which provides training to officers and ratings in specialisations which include, Weapon Engineering, Communications, and Warfare. 

 Details of career opportunities are available online at www.royalnavy.mod.uk