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A ROYAL Navy sailor has marched out on parade to celebrate his transformation from civilian to sailor.

Trainee Warfare Specialist Mark Owen, from Portsmouth, arrived at the Royal Navy training base HMS Raleigh in Cornwall in March.

The 10-week course ended with a passing-out parade attended by families and friends.

Mark follows in the footsteps of his father, Petty Officer Stephen Owen, who is currently serving on Portsmouth-based HMS St Albans.

Mark, pictured, said: ‘It feels great to have finally passed out.

‘Training here has had its ups and downs but it’s how you deal with them and push on that makes it all worth while.

‘ I’ve enjoyed my time at HMS Raleigh and would do it again.’