ROYAL Navy Engineering Technician Ritchie Preston is following in the footsteps of his family after graduating from HMS Collingwood.
The 20-year-old, from Waterlooville, has left the Fareham base as a weapons engineer after joining the navy in February. His father Nick Preston is a marine engineer (submariner), and his uncle is a weapons engineer.
Ritchie said he joined the navy to travel the world and meet new people.
‘I joined because I love the camaraderie the Royal Navy life encourages,’ he said.
‘I’ve really enjoyed the course and can’t wait to get to sea and see the world.’
After completing the course at HMS Collingwood’s Maritime Warfare School, Ritchie will join Portsmouth-based HMS Kent.