DUNRAGIT recruit sails through training

Callum Hastie' ' credit Dave Sherfield
Callum Hastie' ' credit Dave Sherfield

An 18-year-old Royal Navy recruit from Dunragit is now one step closer to a career at sea after becoming one of the first to undergo a newly enhanced basic training course at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.

Trainee Engineering Technician Callum Hastie embarked on his Royal Navy career in May. He has now completed ten weeks of intensive training designed to transform him from a civilian into a sailor. The course culminates in the passing-out-parade attended by families and friends.

Callum (right) with his classmates during an exercise on Dartmoor. 'crown copyright, credit Dave Sherfield

Callum (right) with his classmates during an exercise on Dartmoor. 'crown copyright, credit Dave Sherfield

The former pupil of Stranraer Academy previously worked as a sales assistant. He said: “I joined the Royal Navy for the lifestyle. It’s a great career and I wanted to make my family proud. I’ve enjoyed meeting and making new friends during the course. I’ve also enjoyed the seamanship training and training onboard the sinking ship simulator, known as Havoc. Overall the course has been tough, but I’ve just pushed myself through it and it feels awesome to have completed the training.”

With the first phase of his training complete Callum’s next port of call is HMS Sultan in Hampshire. There he will learn the skills in mechanical engineering required to keep the ships of the Royal Navy running at the peak of operational effectiveness.

The Royal Navy’s new Initial Naval Training course was introduced in May and is underpinned by nine Core Maritime Skills, that are the foundations of naval life and underpin operational effectiveness. Recruits are taught the basics of Naval discipline and customs. They learn about navigation and are given the chance to take the helm of their own medium sized inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise. With Royal Navy personnel playing a vital role in Afghanistan and other land-based operations, recruits undergo training in basic combat skills which includes survival in the field. Fitness is a key component of the training and is delivered using a disciplined method of military fitness which focuses on developing co-ordination and individual physical strength and endurance. As the course progresses the recruits take part in three extended exercises to test their skills and understanding of the principles they have been taught.

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.