A 21-YEAR-OLD navy recruit from Gosport has sailed through his training and is on course for a career at sea.
Trainee sailor James Carlin has just finished 10 weeks of training at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.
He is now one step closer to becoming a Communication and Information Specialist.
James, who lives in Bridgemary, joined the navy in June.
He follows in the footsteps of his father Jim, a former navy clearance diver who left the service 10 years ago.
He said: ‘I joined the Royal Navy because of my military upbringing, for the challenge and a good career.
‘I also wanted to travel and see the world. The training here is like a rollercoaster. There have been high points and low points, but I don’t ever think I’ll regret my choice.’
The intense 10-week course is designed to prepare raw recruits for a career in the navy.
It finishes with the passing-out parade where the successful recruits march out in front of their family and friends.
James added: ‘Being on parade in front of my friends and family was my proudest moment.’
The 21-year-old was a former pupil at Gosport’s St Vincent College and used to work as a delivery driver.
He will now transfer to HMS Collingwood in Fareham to continue training.