All aboard for life at sea

A 21-year-old Royal Navy recruit from Triangle, Halifax, is one step closer to a career at sea after successfully completing his basic training course at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.'Trainee Engineering Technician William Swift joined the Royal Navy in November 2010 and has now completed nine weeks of intensive training. ''''Pic is crown copyright, credit Dave Sherfield
A 21-year-old Royal Navy recruit from Triangle, Halifax, is one step closer to a career at sea after successfully completing his basic training course at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.'Trainee Engineering Technician William Swift joined the Royal Navy in November 2010 and has now completed nine weeks of intensive training. ''''Pic is crown copyright, credit Dave Sherfield

A 21-YEAR-OLD is getting ready for a life at sea after completing his basic training.

Trainee engineering technician William Swift joined the Royal Navy in November and has completed nine weeks of intensive training. William, from Triangle, is a former Ryburn Valley High School student.

He was also a member of the 13th Halifax Boys’ Brigade.

He said: “I joined the Royal Navy for the career opportunities, to travel and for the training.

“Basic training has pushed and pushed me out of my comfort zone. It really does turn civilians into Royal Navy sailors,” said William.

He will now transfer to HMS Sultan in Hampshire where he will be trained in mechanical engineering to keep the ships of the Royal Navy running.

If he passes, his proud family, including fiancée Zoe Ingham, will be at the ceremony.

To find out more about careers in the Royal Navy visit www.royalnavy.mod.uk or call 08456 07 55 55.