Navy recruits get put through their paces

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TWO Royal Navy recruits have sailed through their 10 week training course.

Trainee Engineer Technician Jack Baird and trainee Steward Hannah Watson have been put through their paces, undertaking a series of physical and mental challenges in order to reach the essential standards required by every member of the Naval Service.

Jack, from Southsea, previously worked as an electrician.

He said: ‘When I was 19, I had a tattoo saying deny defeat and rise on victory’s wings.

‘It certainly rings true at HMS Raleigh. You never know how far you can go until you’re pushed.’

Hannah, from Waterlooville, attended the Military Preparation College in Portsmouth.

She said: ‘I wanted to join the Royal Navy to make my family proud, especially my dad.

‘Training was hard but I pushed through to the end and it was definitely worth it. The best bits of the course for me were completing the walk across Dartmoor, getting up at 4.45am for early morning PT and all my friends who were training alongside me.’

With the first stage of their training complete the recruits will now go their separate ways with Hannah staying at HMS Raleigh and Jack heading up to HMS Sultan in Gosport.