A 20-year-old Royal Navy recruit from Greetham has completed the first stage of his naval training and is now on course for a career at sea.
Trainee Naval Airman (Aircraft Handler) Carl Brierley-Lewis was inspired by his father, Andrew, an ex RAF Warrant Officer to join the Armed Forces.
Carl arrived at the Royal Navy training base in Cornwall in July. During a 10-week course he has been given a thorough induction into the Navy. The course culminates with the passing-out-parade attended by family and friends.
Carl had been working as a kitchen porter and played football for Oakham United in his spare time.
He is a former pupil of Casterton Business and Enterprise College.
Carl said: “I joined the Navy to travel the world, to make a difference to my life, and to serve Queen and country.It’s been the hardest thing I have ever done but has been worth every minute as I wanted to make my family and friends proud.”
Carl is now heading to the Royal Naval Air Station at Culdrose in Cornwall where he will learn to use the lifts, mechanical handlers and chocks and lashings used on board ships to secure the aircraft to the deck. He will also learn how to fight fuel, hangar and aircraft fires.