A SUNDERLAND sailor is set for the front line after completing a gruelling training course.
Leading Aircrewman (LACMN) Anthony Robson has graduated from 824 Naval Air Squadron after completing the Royal Navy’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircrewmen’s course.
He was presented with his coveted ‘Wings’ by former Defence Minister, the RT Hon Lord Hutton of Furness at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, in Cornwall.
The presentation took place at a formal parade attended by Anthony’s family, friends and colleagues after he finished the intensive course, during which he learned how to operate as an Aircrewman onboard the Navy’s Merlin Mk 2 helicopter.
He learned to use data link and radar picture compilation that will enable him to maintain both a surface and sub-surface radar plot.
Alongside this tactical training, he continued to develop helicopter Search and Rescue and secondary role skills, including load lifting, winching and shipborne operations.He is now set to join one of the Fleet Air Arm’s frontline Merlin Mk 2 helicopter outfits.
Anthony., from Sunderland, said: “It has been a long road. I’m excited about getting to my first front line squadron. I will be joining 820 NAS and can’t wait to put everything I’ve learnt so far into practice on operations in the Gulf later this year.
“Being aircrew is something I’ve always wanted to be.”
LACMN Robson joined the Royal Navy in 2013 after starting his military career as a Royal Engineer in the Territorial Army in 2006, where he was deployed to Northern Ireland, followed by an Operational tour of Afghanistan in 2009.
He joined the Royal Air Force in 2010 as a Weapon System Operator, and worked as an imagery analyst, before finally transferring to the Royal Navy.
after being successful in selection for Aircrewman training.
LACMN Robson will join RNAS Culdrose-based 820 Naval Air Squadron, flying in the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk 2 helicopter.
The aircraft entered service in 2014 and form part of the UK’s Maritime Force Protection and airborne anti-submarine warfare capability for the near future.