A YOUNG recruit has sailed through the first stage of his Navy training.
Now 19-year-old Karl Murray, of Peterlee, is on course to realise his dreams of carrying out a career at sea.
The trainee warfare specialist arrived at the gates of HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall, in July after a gruelling 10 weeks of intensive training.
The course was designed to transform Karl from a normal civilian into a sailor and after passing out, he is raring for more.
The course ended with a passing-out-parade attended by proud families and friends.
The former pupil of Wellfield School, in Wingate, previously worked in a warehouse before settling on a military career.
And he hopes a future in the forces will help secure a good future for his family.
Karl said: “I joined the Royal Navy to make a good life for myself and my family.”
And out of all of the trades he has picked up, Karl said he is now a dab hand at ironing.
“The course has made me twice as fit and good at ironing.
“I hope to do my duty with the maximum of effort,” he said.
With the first stage of his training complete, Karl’s next port of call is HMS Collingwood in Hampshire.
There, during a three-month course, he will learn how to set-up and operate the systems that give the ship information about what is on the surface and in the air.
Karl will also learn other skills including how to detect and report radar jamming and learn about data links and voice radio circuits to pass on vital information to the ship’s command team and others.
Royal Navy Initial Naval Training is underpinned by nine core maritime skills that are the foundations of naval life and underpin operational effectiveness in the force.
Recruits are taught the basics of Naval discipline and customs during the course.
They also learn about navigation and are given the chance to take the helm of their own medium sized inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise.
With Royal Navy personnel playing a vital role in Afghanistan and other land-based operations, recruits undergo training in basic combat skills which includes survival in war and on the battlefield.
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 aimed at testing their skills and understanding of the principles they have been taught.
For more information or details on career opportunities within the Royal Navy, visit www.royalnavy.mod.uk or phone the recruitment hotline on 08456 075 555.