Navy recruit following in family’s footsteps

SAILOR Jeffrey Goodwin
SAILOR Jeffrey Goodwin
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A 20-YEAR-OLD recruit from Southsea has sailed through the first stage of his Royal Navy training and is now on course for a career at sea.

Trainee warfare specialist Jeffrey Goodwin recently completed 10 weeks of training at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall to transform him from a civilian into a sailor.

The ex-Priory Sports College pupil previously worked as a customer service assistant.

By joining the navy, he is carrying on his family’s tradition of military service.

His father, Lawrence, was a Sergeant in the Army Medical Corps, while his grandfather, Edward Cooper, served in the navy. And Jeffrey’s cousin, Michael Butcher, is a Colour Sergeant in the Army.

‘I wanted to join the navy as it offers great career opportunities as well as the chance to travel and meet people with similar interests,’ Jeffrey said.

‘The feeling of having completed all the things that have been put in front of you at the end of every week is great. It’s not been an easy ten weeks, but then it’s not meant to be. I hope to have a good career and go far.’

With the first stage of his training complete, Jeffrey is heading for training at HMS Collingwood in Fareham.

During a three-month course, 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.

This includes how to detect and report radar jamming and learn about data links and voice radio circuits.