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Vincentian recruit completes basic Navy training

Vincentian recruit completes basic Navy training


A 25-year-old from St Vincent and Grenadines is on course for a life on the ocean waves after completing his basic training at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall, UK.

Trainee aircraft handler Maurice Cupid arrived at the Royal Navy training base in June. 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 {{more}}attended by families and friends.

Maurice attended St Vincent and Grenadines Community College and previously worked as a technician.

He said: “I joined the Royal Navy to begin a new journey in a career where I could achieve set goals and a higher level of education. To complete basic training and achieve something of worth is awesome. My ambition is to keep progressing in the Royal Navy.”

With the first phase of his training complete, Maurice will transfer to the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose for the next stage of his training. There, he will learn to use the lifts, mechanical handlers and chocks and lashings used on board ships to secure the aircraft to the deck. He will also learn how to fight fuel, hangar and aircraft fires.

The Royal Navy’s Initial Naval Training course is underpinned by nine core maritime skills that are the foundations of naval life and underpin operational effectiveness. Recruits are taught the basics of naval discipline and customs. They learn about navigation and are given the chance to take the helm of their own medium sized inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise. Royal Navy personnel can also be called upon to play a vital role in land-based operations, so recruits undergo training in basic combat skills, which includes survival in the field. Fitness is a key component of the training and is delivered using a disciplined method of military fitness, which focuses on developing co-ordination and individual physical strength and endurance. As the course progresses, the recruits take part in three extended exercises to test their skills and understanding of the principles they have been taught.