A SOLDIER from Halifax has battled stormy seas to earn his nautical stripes as a sailor.
Gunner Adam Paul Ronson said he was delighted to have qualified as a competent crewman after an Army Regatta in the Baltic.
The 19-year-old, who could be called up to join comrades in Afghanistan at any time, said: “It’s been a great experience.
“I didn’t think it would be like this, I actually thought I would get really sea sick, but in the end I loved it. It was something new, a real challenge.
“Riding through a storm was one of the most exhilarating experiences, it was difficult but you felt really good afterwards. We thought the boat would tip over a few times, but we worked well as a team and got out of the storm.”
The former Brooksbank High School pupil joined the Army in 2009 and serves with 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, part of the Germany-based Desert Rats.
He set sail on Exercise Rats Breeze from a British Army training centre in the port of Kiel in northern Germany. The five-day challenge covered hundreds of miles around the German and Danish coasts.
Adam said: “It was a really good exercise for improving team work and meeting new people from other regiments.
“Exercises like this get you out and introduce you to something new, they are challenging and physically demanding but you gain so much from them.”