Natalie sets a career course

A 20-year-old recruit from Morpeth has sailed through the first stage of her Royal Navy training and is now on course for a career at sea.'Trainee Writer Natalie Ashman arrived at the gates of HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall, in April and has now completed 10 weeks of intensive training designed to transform her from a civilian into a sailor.
A 20-year-old recruit from Morpeth has sailed through the first stage of her Royal Navy training and is now on course for a career at sea.'Trainee Writer Natalie Ashman arrived at the gates of HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall, in April and has now completed 10 weeks of intensive training designed to transform her from a civilian into a sailor.

A YOUNG Morpeth sailor is on course for a career at sea after completing the first stage of her Royal Navy training.

Trainee writer Natalie Ashman, 20, has completed a 10-week intensive course at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall, culminating in a passing out parade in front of her friends and family.

The Royal Navy Initial Naval Training course is underpinned by nine core maritime skills and recruits learn the basics of naval discipline and customs, navigation, basic combat skills and survival in the field. They are given the chance to take the helm of a medium sized inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise and develop co-ordination , physical strength and endurance in military fitness training.

Miss Ashman said: “I joined the Royal Navy to make a good life for myself, to have a career with prospects and to see the world. This course is probably the most rewarding thing I have ever done, achieving something on a daily basis and growing as a person each day. It’s not an easy course, but I’ve adapted and the sense of accomplishment is overwhelming.”

The trainee will remain at HMS Raleigh to undergo a specialist course at the Defence Maritime Logistics School, learning how to operate the ship’s clerical systems and the rules and regulations on legal matters, pay, welfare, travel and career development procedures.