Portsmouth recruit step closer to navy career

HAPPY Oliver Rees
HAPPY Oliver Rees
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Royal Navy recruit Oliver Rees is now one step closer to a career at sea after becoming one of the first to undergo a newly-enhanced basic training course.

Trainee Submariner Oliver Rees, 30, from Fratton, has completed 10 weeks of intensive training designed to transform him from a civilian into a sailor.

The course at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall culminates in the passing-out parade attended by families and friends.

Married father-of-two Oliver, who studied 3D animation at the University of Portsmouth and worked at Queen Alexandra Hospital, said: ‘I joined the navy because I wanted a more active and exciting life. I wanted to be able to provide better for my family. Basic training has been difficult but rewarding.

‘My personal highlight was conquering my fear of heights on the high ropes course which stands at 13 metres high.’

With the first phase of his training complete Oliver’s next port of call is the Royal Navy Submarine School, which is also based at HMS Raleigh.

There he will learn the skills required to take charge of all communications aboard one of the Royal Navy’s submarines.