Brotton recruit passes Royal Navy training

A 17-year-old from Brotton, former student from Freebrough Academy who graduated from our Post 16 provision after following a course in engineering, has completed his transformation from a civilian into a Royal Navy sailor and is now one step closer to a career at sea.

Trainee Warfare Specialist Kai Fishlock arrived at HMS Raleigh, the Royal Navy’s training base in Cornwall last November. During a 10-week course he has been given a thorough induction into the Royal Navy, learning skills that he will rely upon throughout his time in the Service. The course culminates with the passing-out-parade attended by families and friends.

The former pupil of Freebrough Academy previously worked in a factory. He said: “I joined the Royal Navy to have a sense of adventure, serve my country and to travel the world. The course has pushed me beyond my limits and I’ve made lots of new friends. I’ve learnt something new each day.”

With the first stage of his training complete Kai’s next port of call is HMS Collingwood in Hampshire. There, during a three month course, he will learn how to set-up and operate the systems that give the ship information about what is on the surface and in the air. Kai will also learn how to detect and report radar jamming and learn about data links and voice radio circuits to pass on vital information to the ship’s command team and others.

The Royal Navy’s Initial Naval Training course is underpinned by nine Core Maritime Skills that are the foundations of naval life and underpin operational effectiveness. Recruits are taught the basics of Naval discipline and customs. They learn about navigation and are given the chance to take the helm of their own medium sized inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise. Royal Navy personnel can also be called upon to play a vital role in land-based operations, so recruits undergo training in basic combat skills which includes survival in the field. Fitness is a key component of the training and is delivered using a disciplined method of military fitness which focuses on developing co-ordination and individual physical strength and endurance. As the course progresses the recruits take part in three extended exercises to test their skills and understanding of the principles they have been taught.

Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at or by calling the Recruitment Line on 03456 00 53 02.