HAVING completed 24 weeks of intensive diver training, a Portsmouth man is ready for the next step in his Royal Navy career.
Daniel Mulholland, 20, of Portsmouth celebrated becoming a fully qualified able seaman diver with friends and family at a recent graduation event.
Mr Mulholland was among a number of new recruits who were handed their qualification certificate and divers log from guest of honour Captain Jim Nisbet of the directorate of defence communications.
The 20-year-old, who studied at South Downs College, joined the Royal Navy in June 2014.
A year later he has taken the first step on his journey with the Navy, after graduating from the defence diving school in Ports-mouth.
Mr Mulholland said: ‘It is a very challenging course.
‘This was such a massive achievement for me.’
Mr Mulholland will be based in either Portsmouth or Scotland, where he will work on his skills as a specialist clearance diver.
The former South Downs student will be given hands-on experience with mine clearance, and will be deployed to work on a mine counter-measure vessel.
Mr Mulholland will be part of a team deployed worldwide, to help other Navy vessels where they are required.
After this, the newly trained diver will be stationed at either Portsmouth, Plymouth or Scotland to carry out further training in underwater engineering tasks, providing explosive ordnance disposal and the disposal of improvised explosive devices.
At the graduation ceremony Mr Mulholland and his fellow graduates treated friends and family to a ‘real life’ demonstration to show the skills they had learnt in training.
Commanding officer at the diving school, Commander Andrew Woolven, said he was so proud of everything that the graduates had achieved.
Cdr Woolven said: ‘This is a culmination of 24 weeks of hard training which has tested them and shown their determination.’