February 13, 2009
Vincentian recruit sails through training

A 35-year-old Royal Navy recruit from St Vincent and the Grenadines is on course for a life at sea, after completing his basic training at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall, UK.{{more}}

Trainee Logistician Charles Nanton joined the Royal Navy in November and has now completed nine weeks of intensive training to give him the basic skills he will rely upon throughout his Service career. The course includes a series of mental and physical challenges designed to promote team working and culminates in the passing-out-parade when the successful recruits march out before their families and friends.

A former pupil of Bethel High, Charles said: “I joined the Royal Navy because I wanted to make use of the various opportunities the Service offers and to make a better life for my family. It feels good to have concluded training.”

With his basic training completed, Charles will remain at HMS Raleigh for his specialist training at the Defence Maritime Logistics School. There he will learn the skills required to enable him to join a team at sea, which specialises in providing official hospitality services and carrying out other key tasks necessary on a modern warship.

HMS Raleigh contributes to the operational capability of the Fleet by providing first class training to all ratings joining the Service, along with professional courses in a variety of specialist areas, including military training, seamanship, logistics and submarine operations. HMS Raleigh also offers on-going training for existing Service personnel to hone their skills, making them ready for the challenges of modern operations.