Big achievement for trainee sailor James

Trainee Air Engineering Technician James Watson, from Gosport
Trainee Air Engineering Technician James Watson, from Gosport
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COMPLETING basic naval training has been the biggest achievement of one trainee sailor’s life.

Trainee Air Engineering Technician James Watson, from Gosport, has completed his basic training at HMS Raleigh and is now heading back to his home town for a specialist course at HMS Sultan.

The 24-year-old, who previously worked as a cavity wall insulation technician, arrived at the Royal Navy’s training base in November and has now completed the 10-week intensive course to turn him from a civilian into a sailor.

He said: ‘The main reason I joined the Royal Navy was for a stable, yet exciting career.

‘The opportunities presented to you in the Royal Navy are endless and as long as you put the effort in you will go far.

‘I also feel that being in the Royal Navy will give me stability when buying a house with my fiancée, Hollie.

‘Meeting new people has definitely been one of the highlights of training.

‘Overall it’s been a very good 10 weeks with a lot of information and I’ve learned a great deal.

‘Completing the course is the biggest achievement of my life and I hope to progress and have a successful career in the Royal Navy.’

At HMS Sultan, AET Watson will learn how to carry out scheduled maintenance as well as flight servicing and inspections for the Fleet Air Arm’s helicopters.

The Royal Navy’s initial naval training course sees recruits 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.