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July 16th 2015

New recruits complete basic Royal Naval Reserve training

Four new Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) recruits have successfully completed their initial Reservist training after spending two weeks at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.

 

HMS Raleigh is the largest Royal Navy training establishment in the South West, consisting of a 239 acre main site, a maritime training centre on the River Lynher and satellite bases for leadership and team-working exercises on the Rame peninsula and Dartmoor.

Three female recruits and one male recruit signed up to join HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands’ only Royal Naval Reserve unit, in 2014 and have since been attending the unit on a weekly basis ahead of attending this training event.

Able Seaman Hannah Crowson, age 22, from Spilsby in Lincolnshire, was awarded the Captain’s Prize for Best Performing Recruit on her course. She said: “Training has been incredibly rewarding. The exercise on Dartmoor was one of the highlights of the course. I loved yomping across the moor with a Bergen on my back. I also enjoyed challenging myself during the fitness and rope climbing. Another highlight was the parade training in uniform, which made me feel exceptionally proud.

“I’ve got an ambition to become a pilot as a regular member of the Royal Navy and I’d also like to complete the All-Arms-Commando Course and receive a green beret, the coveted emblem of the Royal Marines.”

Petty Officer Derek Parsons, from HMS Sherwood, is one of the tutors on the course at HMS Raleigh. He said: “I’ve been a Reservist at HMS Sherwood for a number of years now with my most recent deployment being to Afghanistan in 2012. I really enjoy being able to pass on my skills and knowledge to this new generation of Reservists, and am happy to answer any questions they may have about the ‘real life’ deployments I have completed.”

During the training the recruits were able to learn and practice skills in team work, parade training, first aid, fire-fighting, damage control and seamanship. Physical fitness also plays a large part of the syllabus.

After months of training in-unit, the course proves the recruits have reached the Navy’s required standards in all areas.

The four Reservists completed the Phase One training course in two stages. Two Reservists completed the course between 30 May – 12 June and the final two Reservists from 20 June to 3 July.

 

"I’ve got an ambition to become a pilot as a regular member of the Royal Navy and I’d also like to complete the All-Arms-Commando Course and receive a green beret, the coveted emblem of the Royal Marines."