Jack’s the lad for the Navy

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A 19-year-old from Stranraer was among the Royal Navy recruits on parade at HMS Raleigh to mark the successful end of basic training.

Trainee Submariner Jack O’Connor arrived at the Royal Navy training base in Cornwall in January. During a 10-week course he has been given a thorough induction into the Royal Navy, learning skills that he will rely upon throughout his time in the service. The course culminates with the passing-out parade attended by families and friends.

Jack is a former pupil of Stranraer Academy. He said: “I joined the Royal Navy for the training, the qualifications and to see new places. Highlights of the course were the military exercises and being able to see our class transform from a group of civilians into a hard-working military team.

“At first I hesitated about the course, the getting up at 5.45am every day and all the hard work that was to follow. Now, 10 weeks on, I’m proud of everything that has been achieved and can’t wait to get further into this career.”

With the first phase of his training complete Jack’s next port of call is HMS Sultan in Hampshire. During four months’ training he will learn how to maintain the machinery on board the submarine and to make components. Once fully qualified as an engineering technician, Jack will be taught how to operate beneath the waves at the Royal Navy Submarine School based at HMS Raleigh.