Top student award for Royal Navy man Chris

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DETERMINATION shown by a sailor from Portsmouth during a training course has earned him a prize as one of the navy’s top students.

Petty Officer Chris Bateman took a five-month training course at the Defence Maritime Logistics School based at HMS Raleigh last year as part of his career development and was recently announced as a prize winner at the school’s annual awards ceremony.

PO Bateman’s citation for the award said he showed a ‘dogged determination’ to learn as much as possible during the short course in which he scored 90 per cent in all the examinations.

The 36-year-old joined the Royal Navy in 1991 and is currently serving on the Type 22 frigate HMS Cornwall, where he is putting the skills he learned during the training into practice to manage the ship’s catering account.

He said: ‘Being in the navy has taught me that if you fall, get up. If you fall again, get up, brush yourself down. Look forward and never back and you will reach that goal.’

He is due to join HMS Drake in Plymouth in October.