Recruits follow in family footsteps

Trainee Logistician Joe Docherty, 20, and Warfare Specialist Adam Francis, 22, both from Gosport passed their training at HMS Raleigh. ''Picture:  Dave Sherfield
Trainee Logistician Joe Docherty, 20, and Warfare Specialist Adam Francis, 22, both from Gosport passed their training at HMS Raleigh. ''Picture: Dave Sherfield
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TWO young recruits have shed their civilian status.

Trainee Logistician Joe Docherty, 20, and Warfare Specialist Adam Francis, 22, took part in a parade aboard HMS Raleigh to celebrate their achievements.

The young sailors, both from Gosport, are following in the footsteps of family members who also served in the Royal Navy.

Joe, son of retired Warrant Officer Stephen Docherty, said: ‘I joined the Royal Navy to face physical and mental challenges and to learn new key skills.’

Adam, a former Bridgemary Community School pupil, said: ‘I joined the Royal Navy to follow in my granddad’s footsteps, retired Communications Warrant Officer Philip Goodbody.

‘I wanted the chance to travel the world and have an active and varied career.’

Joe will remain at HMS Raleigh and transfer to the Defence Maritime Logistics School. Adam will move to HMS Collingwood where he will learn how to set up and operate the systems that give the ship information about what is on the surface and in the air.