Plain sailing for trainee

Karl Murray
Karl Murray
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A NAVY recruit has sailed through the first stage of his training and is now on course for a career at sea.

Trainee Warfare Specialist Karl Murray, 19, has completed 10 weeks of intensive training at HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall, designed to transform him from a civilian into a sailor.

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

The former pupil of Wellfield School, from Peterlee, who previously worked in a warehouse, said: “I joined the Royal Navy to make a good life for myself and my family. The course has made me twice as fit and good at ironing. I hope to do my duty with the maximum of effort.”

With the first stage of his training complete, Karl’s next port of call is HMS Collingwood in Hampshire where he will take part in a three-month course to set-up and operate the systems that give the ship information about what is on the surface and in the air.

Karl will also learn how to detect and report radar jamming and learn about data links and voice radio circuits to pass on vital information to the ship’s command team and others.