A FINTRY boy who hung up his chef’s hat for a career at sea with the Royal Navy has successfully completed the first stage of his training at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.
Ross Clark (19) a former Balfron High pupil, is a trainee communication and information systems specialist. He joined the Royal Navy in June and has now completed initial naval training - which is a 10 week intensive course designed to give recruits the basic skills they will rely upon throughout their career.
It culminated in the passing-out-parade when Ross and his fellow recruits marched out before their families and friends.
Ross said: “I joined the Royal Navy to do something different from college and university in the hope of seeing more of the world. Basic training has been tough, but equally rewarding. For me the highlight was using my courage to overcome my fear of heights. Jumping off the platform, standing 33 foot high, gave me a huge sense of achievement.”
With the first phase of his training done, Ross will transfer to HMS Collingwood in Hampshire where he will learn the skills to enable him to work at the heart of a ship’s communications network. He will operate all the technology needed to communicate anything from battle orders to routine requests for supplies.
The enhanced initial naval training course was introduced by the Royal Navy in May 2011. It is underpinned by nine core maritime skills which are the foundations of naval life and operational effectiveness. Recruits are taught the basics of naval discipline and custom such as navigation and they get the chance to take the helm of their own medium sized inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise. With Royal Navy personnel playing a vital role in Afghanistan and other land-based operations, 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.
Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at www.royalnavy.mod.uk or by calling the Recruitment Line on 08456 07 55 55.