Gosport sailor keeps up family tradition with training

(l-r) John Brewer Snr, Eleanor Brewer and John Brewer Jnr at Eleanor's passing out ceremony
(l-r) John Brewer Snr, Eleanor Brewer and John Brewer Jnr at Eleanor's passing out ceremony

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THEY may be generations apart, but for 60 years this family has helped look after the Royal Navy’s helicopters.

And now Eleanor Brewer has become the latest member to follow in her family’s footsteps by passing out of naval training in front of her father and grandfather.

John Brewer, 74, from Gosport, travelled to Cornwall to watch granddaughter Eleanor complete the first phase of her training at HMS Raleigh.

Eleanor’s father, also called John, completed his training there in 1984 and all three have worked on helicopters.

Eleanor, 21, said: ‘It wasn’t a conscious decision to join the navy and follow in my father’s and grandfather’s footsteps.

‘I was working for a supermarket with limited prospects when my father suggested I look and see what the navy had to offer.

‘I attended the induction brief at the careers office and a spark was ignited that quickly became a burning desire to join.

‘Things have moved so swiftly since that initial brief; it is incredible just how much my life has changed in such a short time.

‘Passing out in front of my family was the proudest day of my life so far.’

John Snr joined the navy in 1955 and reached the rank of Chief Petty 

He left the Service in 1984, just as his son was joining.

Between the two they have accumulated nearly 60 years of service.

John Snr added: ‘I hope my granddaughter will enjoy the friendships and traditions of the Senior Service as much as I still continue to do through the associations I belong to.’

Eleanor will now transfer to HMS Sultan in Gosport for training to become an Air Engineering Technician.