A former electrician from Tasburgh was among the successful Royal Navy recruits on parade at HMS Raleigh to mark the end of his basic training.

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Trainee Engineering Technician Nathan Sankey, 26, arrived at the Royal Navy training base in Cornwall in February.

During a 10 week course he has been given a thorough induction into the Royal Navy, learning skills that he will rely upon throughout his time in the service. The course culminates with the passing-out-parade attended by families and friends.

Prior to embarking on his Naval career, the former Long Stratton High School pupil worked as an auto electrician. He said: “I joined the Royal Navy to get great qualifications and to travel the world. It’s a very tough course with some great moments, but also very hard work. The feeling of passing a test or kit muster is fantastic.”

With the first phase of his training complete, his next port of call is HMS Sultan in Hampshire. There he will learn the skills in marine engineering to keep the ship running smoothly, safely and effectively.

Once fully qualified he will work on everything from the ship’s hull and engines to its electrical, fuel, hydraulic and fire fighting systems. As the ship will be away from port for weeks at a time, he’ll be trained to make spare parts and other vital components in the ship’s workshops.

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