A 17-year-old from Arbroath has completed his transformation from a civilian into a Royal Navy sailor during a 10 week intensive training course at HMS Raleigh.
Kaine Smeaton arrived at the Royal Navy training base in Cornwall in November and has been given a thorough induction into the Royal Navy, learning skills that he will rely upon throughout his time in the Service.
The former pupil of Arbroath High School said: “I joined the Royal Navy to travel the world, meet new people, make new friendships, get good qualifications, serve my Country and see and do things a lot of people will probably never do. Training has made me realise that there’s no other way to do things than be part of a team.”
With the first phase of his training complete Kaine is heading to HMS Collingwood for his professional course.
There he will learn the skills in marine engineering to keep the ship running smoothly, safely and effectively. Once fully qualified he will work on everything from the ship’s hull and engines to its electrical, fuel, hydraulic and fire fighting systems. As the ship will be away from port for weeks at a time, he’ll be trained to make spare parts and other vital components in the ship’s workshops.
During training recruits are taught the basics of Naval discipline and customs and are given the chance to take the helm of their own medium sized inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise. The initial training course is underpinned by Core Maritime Skills that are the foundations of naval life and underpin operational effectiveness. Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at www.royalnavy.mod.uk or by calling the Recruitment Line on 03456 00 53 02.