A TEENAGE sailor from Hartlepool has successfully completed his Royal Navy training.
Michael Dodd, from the Belle Vue area of Hartlepool, was among the successful Royal Navy recruits on parade at HMS Raleigh to mark the end of basic training.
The 17-year-old trainee engineer technician in marine engineering started at the Royal Navy training base in Cornwall in September.
During a 10-week course he was given a thorough induction into the Royal Navy, learning skills that he will rely upon throughout his time in the service.
The course then culminated with the passing-out-parade attended by families and friends.
The former English Martyrs School pupil said: “When I first signed up for the Royal Navy I just wanted to travel the world in a well paid job.
“However I know now that being in the service brings a lot of respect and a lifetime professional trade.
“I will have the chance to develop my skills as part of an amazing team in a challenging career that ultimately will make me a better person.
“Training has been very hard and challenging but rewarding at the same time.
“I’ve learnt new things and know I have the potential to learn much more.”
With the first phase of his training complete Michael is heading to HMS Sultan in Gosport, Hampshire, for his professional course.
There he will learn the skills in marine engineering to keep the ship running smoothly, safely and effectively.
Once fully qualified he will work on everything from the ship’s hull and engines to its electrical, fuel, hydraulic and fire fighting systems. As the ship will be away from port for weeks at a time, he’ll be trained to make spare parts and other vital components in the ship’s workshops.