Sophie is setting sail

Shophie Turner SUS-150615-112003001
Shophie Turner SUS-150615-112003001

A 17-year-old Royal Navy recruit from Bexhill-On-Sea has set sail on a new career and completed the first phase of her training at HMS Raleigh.

Trainee Writer Sophie Turner arrived at the Royal Navy’s training establishment, in Cornwall, at the beginning of March.

She has since undergone a 10-week intensive training course to turn her from a civilian into a sailor. The course culminates with the passing-out-parade when the successful recruits march out in front of their family and friends.

The former pupil of Bexhill College said: “I joined the Royal Navy because I have always wanted to travel the world. Training was stressful and tiring at times, but I’ve become part of the best family.”

Sophie’s next port of call is the Defence Maritime Logistics School, which is also based at HMS Raleigh. There she will learn how to operate the ship’s clerical systems and the Royal Navy’s rules and regulations on legal matters, pay, welfare, travel and career development procedures.

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.

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