Teversal man sails through

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A FORMER Quarrydale School pupil is one step closer to a career at sea after becoming one of the first recruits in the country to finish a newly-enhanced basic training course at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.

Michael Townsend (23), of Teversal, who joined the Royal Navy in May, has completed a 10-week intensive course to help transform him from a civilian into a sailor.

Said Michael, who previously worked as a car windscreen technician: “I joined the Royal Navy for the sense of adventure, the career and to support me and my future wife, Emma Melling.

“The training has been one of the hardest and yet rewarding things I’ve ever done. Highlights have been the combat skills training, trekking across Dartmoor, being onboard the former minesweeper HMS Brecon and overcoming my fears of heights on the high ropes course, which stands 13 metres high.”

Michael’s next port of call is at HMS Collingwood in Hampshire, where he will learn the skills he needs to maintain the Royal Navy’s electronic weapons and defensive systems.