Hannah’s new Navy life as a comms expert

Hannah Schofield
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A 21-year-old from Blackpool has completed her transformation from a civilian into a Royal Navy sailor in time for Christmas.

Trainee engineering technician Hannah Schofield arrived at HMS Raleigh, the Royal Navy’s training base in Cornwall last October.

During a 10-week course she has been given a thorough induction into the Royal Navy, learning skills that she will rely upon throughout her time in the service.

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

The former Highfield Humanities College student previously worked as a sales assistant.

Ellie said: “I wanted to be part of the best Navy in the world and work with like-minded people.

“I wanted a career that would make me proud of myself every day with the opportunity to see the world and serve my country.

“Training has been an emotional journey. It’s been the best challenge I’ve ever come across.

“The team-building exercises, learning about the different types of boats and how to operate them during seamanship week, and the damage control training were my highlights of the course.

“I feel that I’ve had the best training possible and I’m looking forward to taking my newly-acquired skills into the next phase of my career.”

With the first phase of her training complete, Hannah will head to HMS Collingwood in Hampshire after Christmas.

There she will learn how to operate and maintain highly-sensitive radio and satellite systems to become a specialist in communications and information systems.

Hannah’s role at sea will be to send and receive vital messages from the shore and other ships, including orders, routine supply requests and other essential day-to-day communications.

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 physical strength and endurance.