A life on the ocean wave for local lads

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TWO RECRUITS from Montrose, who have opted for an engineering career in the Royal Navy, have completed the first phase of training.

Trainee sailors Stewart Pullar and Conor Docherty were among 62 raw recruits who arrived at HMS Raleigh, Cornwall, in January. During a 10-week intensive course they have learned the basic skills they will rely upon throughout their Service careers.

Stewart (24), from Ferryden, is aiming to be a submariner specialising in marine engineering. The former Academy pupil said: “I’ve always had a love of the sea and an interest in the Armed Forces. The past 10 weeks as a whole have been fantastic.”

Conor was previously an apprentice electrician. The 19-year-old has signed up to become a Royal Navy Air Engineering Technician. He said: “I felt that being part of the Royal Navy would be an excellent opportunity to have a great, life-long job and the training really is second to none. The last 10 weeks have been hard.”

With the first phase of training complete the two recruits are both heading for HMS Sultan in Hampshire. During four months’ training Stewart will learn how to maintain the machinery on board the submarine and to make components. Once fully qualified as an Engineering Technician he will be taught how to operate beneath the waves at the Royal Navy Submarine School based at HMS Raleigh. Conor will learn to carry out scheduled maintenance as well as pre- and post-flight servicing and inspections for the Fleet Air Arm’s helicopters.

Details of opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at www.royalnavy.mod.uk or by calling the Recruitment Line on 08456 07 55 55.