Farmer’s new life with the Royal Navy

Driffield sailor

Driffield sailor

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A 22-year old from Driffield has completed his transformation from a civilian into a Royal Navy sailor during a 10 week intensive training course at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.

From day one, trainee Engineer Technician (Weapons Engineering (Submarines) Rory Tanton has been put through his paces, undertaking a series of physical and mental challenges in order to reach the essential standards required by every member of the Naval Service.

The former student of Driffield School was a farmer before joining the Service.

He said: “I joined the Royal Navy for a good career and for the opportunities in sport.

“The training has been brilliant and the highlights for me were HMS Havoc, the sinking ship simulator, which taught us how to deal with floods at sea, the assault course and team working exercises.”

Throughout training Rory has been engaged in team work exercises that mimic as much as possible the operations that the Royal Navy is engaged in all over the globe. As well as the basics such as marching and fitness sessions, Rory has also learned how to handle an SA80 assault rifle, seamanship techniques and how to tackle floods and fires at sea.

The course culminates in the passing-out-parade attended by families and friends.

Rory’s passion has driven him to successfully complete his initial training; his next port of call will be HMS Collingwood in Portsmouth. There, during a five month course, he will learn about the Royal Navy’s weapons systems, safety procedures, electrical and electronic repair techniques and the basic of hydraulics and pneumatics. Having chosen a career as a submariner Rory will then return to HMS Raleigh to learn how to operate beneath the waves at the Royal Navy Submarine School.

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. With Royal Navy personnel playing a vital role in Afghanistan and other land-based operations, 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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