Sailor on his way to being naval engineer

Trainee Engineer Technician (Marine Engineering) Thomas Spooner
Trainee Engineer Technician (Marine Engineering) Thomas Spooner
Shell - James Martin with the piece of shell which hit HMS Baham during the first world war. In the background is a photograph of the ship

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A BUDDING sailor from Fareham was among those who passed out of the latest round of basic naval training.

Trainee Engineer Technician (Marine Engineering) Thomas Spooner, 25, arrived at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall in January.

The course has now ended with a passing-out parade attended by families and friends.

ET(ME) Spooner, pictured, went to Neville Lovett School and previously worked as a car salesman.

He was inspired to join the service by his dad, Ian, step dad, Gary Hilton, and two uncles, Michael and Trevor Spooner, all former sailors.

Thomas said: ‘I joined the Royal Navy to travel the world and to test myself by taking on as many new challenges as possible. I’ve enjoyed every part of training.’