A FORMER pipebender has steely determination for a successful career in the Royal Navy.
Stephen Christian has successfully passed the first stage of his navy training at HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall.
The 23-year-old Wingate man joined the Royal Navy in July and has now completed a 10-week intensive course designed to give him the basic skills he will rely upon throughout his career.
The trainee engineering technician marched out with his fellow recruits during a passing-out parade in front of his family and friends.
The former pupil of St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School in Peterlee said: “I joined the Royal Navy for the ultimate experience, to explore the world and meet new people.
“I feel a great deal of pride in all that I have accomplished during training.”
Now that his first phase of training is complete, Stephen’s next port of call is HMS Collingwood, in Hampshire.
There he will learn the skills required to maintain the Royal Navy’s sophisticated electronic weapons and defensive systems.
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.