A ROYAL Navy trainee from Underwood has marched out on parade to celebrate the successful completion of the first phase of his Royal Navy training.
Trainee Engineering Technician Matt Read, 21, arrived at the gates of HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall, last September to undergo ten weeks of intensive training.
He completed a course designed to give recruits the basic skills required by every sailor and lay the foundations for a career at sea.
It ends with a passing-out-parade attended by families and friends.
The former pupil of Matthew Holland School was a baker before embarking upon a career in the Navy.
He said: “I joined up for a good career, to meet new people and for the opportunity to see the world.
“Driving the small boats during the seamanship phase of training was really good and I also enjoyed the military training, when we learned essential skills, such as how to survive in the field and fire a weapon.
“Overall the course has been mentally draining, there have been long days, but I’ve made friends for life. “Ultimately good times and bad times make a better person.”
Matt is now heading for HMS Sultan in Hampshire to complete the next stage of his training in marine engineering.