Trainee Seaman and ex-Sea Cadet Jordan Griffiths, aged 19, arrived at the gates of HMS Raleigh in Cornwall in January.
Since then he has undergone ten weeks of intensive training designed to teach recruits the basic skills required by all sailors.The course ended with a passing out parade attended by families and friends on Friday (April 3), which was attended by twenty members of Mr Griffiths family, and friends. The former Evesham High School pupil said:
"I joined the Navy to see the world and to serve my country. Training was tough but the feeling of accomplishment is brilliant. Basic training was as realistic as it can possibly get. We used everything from decommissioned minesweepers to give you a taste of life on board, to sinking ship simulators so you can learn how to deal with emergencies at sea. Throughout all this, fitness was a key. The Royal Navy training regime constantly and increasingly tested my ability to climb ropes and complete assault courses and weekend treks across Dartmoor. But it’s not all about strength and physical skill. You’ll have I had to prove myself in the classroom too. I enjoyed my time in the Sea Cadets, and this has just taken it to another level."
With the first phase of his training complete, the teenager will transfer to HMS Collingwood in Portsmouth, where he will learn the skills in seamanship to keep the ships of the Royal Navy running smoothly, safely and effectively.
Commanding Officer of Evesham Sea Cadets, Keith Field, who attended said: "It was an honor and a privilege to attend and see Jordan accepted into the family of the Royal Navy, he should be rightly proud like I know his late grandfather would be to."