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TWO Royal Navy recruits from Portsmouth are one step closer to a career at sea after successfully completing their basic training course at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.

Trainee engineering technician Matthew Newson, from Clanfield, and trainee chef Jack Miller, from Paulsgrove, joined the Royal Navy in November and have completed nine weeks of training.

A former pupil of Cowplain Community School, Matthew, 19, previously worked as a landscape gardener.

By joining the service he is following in the footsteps of his father, Gary, who served as a radio operator for 12 years, and his grandfather, George, who left the Royal Navy in the 1960s after achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

He said: ‘Basic training is hard and seems very long, but it’s also rewarding when I look back on the things we’ve done and the friends I’ve made.’

Jack attended City of Portsmouth Boys School. The 21-year-old previously worked in a fast food restaurant and as a street dance teacher. He said: ‘I joined the Royal Navy to better myself and to see the world. Learning to fire the SA80 rifle and the team walk during the weekend on Dartmoor were among the highlights of training.

‘Learning some self-discipline is a major achievement for me and the navy has helped me to grow up a bit. I’ve also learned that determination can overcome any obstacle.’