Thomas is ship shape and ready for service

Wragby's Thomas Watkinson who has complered his basic training in the Navy
Wragby's Thomas Watkinson who has complered his basic training in the Navy

A FORMER Banovallum School pupil is riding on the crest of a wave after passing his basic Royal Navy training.

Thomas Watkinson, a 20-year-old trainee warfare specialist from Wragby, was among the successful recruits on parade at HMS Raleigh.

During a ten week course, Thomas received a thorough induction into the Navy, learning skills that he will rely on during his time in the service.

The course culminated in the passing-out parade attended by families and friends.

Thomas, who worked in a factory before joining the Navy, said: “I joined to see the world and to gain some great life experiences.

“The basic training was the hardest ten weeks of my life but also the most satisfying and rewarding. I can’t wait to get into the Fleet and start making a real difference.

Having completed the first phase of training, Thomas’s next port of call will be HMS Collingwood in Hampshire.

There, he will be trained in the specialist areas of mine warfare including how they operate and how to dispose of them.

He will also learn how to detect mines and minefields using sonar and how to launch and operate a remote controlled mine-disposal vehicle.

During his basic training, Thomas was taught about naval discipline and training. With Navy personnel playing a vital role in Afghanistan and other land-based operations, he also underwent training in basic combat skills.

l Details of career opportunities with the Navy are available on line at or by calling the recruitment line on 08456075555.