Navy recruit follows his father’s footsteps by completing training

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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.