Rookie sailors welcomed into the Royal Navy

Trainee Naval Airmen (Aircraft Handler) Adam Hurst from Ashton-in-Makerfield and Samuel Fairhurst from Wigan
Trainee Naval Airmen (Aircraft Handler) Adam Hurst from Ashton-in-Makerfield and Samuel Fairhurst from Wigan

A PAIR of Royal Navy recruits from Wigan have marched out on parade to celebrate their transformation from civilians to sailors.

Trainee Naval Airmen (Aircraft Handler) Adam Hurst from Ashton and Samuel Fairhurst from Wigan, arrived at the navy’s Cornish training base, HMS Raleigh, in June.

During a 10-week course they were given a thorough induction into the navy, learning skills that they will rely upon throughout their time in the service.

The course culminates with the passing-out-parade attended by families and friends.

Former Cansfield high pupil Adam, 25, worked in a warehouse before joining up. He said: “I joined the Royal Navy to see the world and to serve my country.

“I wanted to have an excellent career with lots of job prospects. Training was hard work at the best of times but was also very enjoyable. It feels outstanding to have completed basic training knowing that I am now a member of the Senior Service.”

Samuel, 21, attended Wigan and Leigh College and was a bar supervisor before embarking on his naval career. He said: “There was no civilian fire fighting job available so after a presentation from a staff member at the careers office I thought this is the place for me. Training was both mentally and physically draining but the good times by far outweigh the bad times and I would not change anything. I am looking forward to carrying on my career alongside my shipmates.”

With the first phase of their training complete both recruits are heading for the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose. There they will learn to use the lifts, mechanical handlers and chocks and lashings used on board ships to secure the aircraft to the deck. They will also learn how to fight fuel, hangar and aircraft fires.