Andrew set for life on the ocean wave

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A 20-year-old Royal Navy recruit has completed the first stage of his naval training, and is now on course for a career at sea.

Trainee Seamanship Specialist Andrew Hulse (pictured) arrived at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall in June.

He has now undergone 10 weeks of intensive training designed to teach recruits the basic skills required by all sailors. The course culminates with the passing-out-parade, attended by families and friends.

Andrew attended Carr Hill High School, in Kirkham, before joining the Service, and is a blackbelt in Taekwondo.

He said: “I joined the Royal Navy because I wanted a career that would give me skills that would stay with me throughout my life, and I wanted to see the world.

“Training was a fantastic experience that has made me a better person. It feels amazing to have passed initial training.”

Andrew will now undergo 10 months’ training to qualify as a Seaman Specialist, developing skills and techniques required to re-supply, anchor and berth Royal Navy ship.

He will also learn to operate the close communications systems and short-range weapons.