Fraser embarks on next stage of Royal Navy career

Trainee Engineering Technician Fraser Sutherland, who has completed his Initial Naval Training course at HMS Raleigh.

Trainee Engineering Technician Fraser Sutherland, who has completed his Initial Naval Training course at HMS Raleigh.

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A Letham man has taken a step forward to becoming a vital component in a highly trained ship’s crew by completing his Royal Navy training.

Trainee Engineering Technician Fraser Sutherland arrived at HMS Raleigh, the Royal Navy’s training base in Cornwall, last November and during a 10-week course was been given a thorough induction into the Royal Navy, learning skills that he will rely upon throughout his time in the service.

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

The former Forfar Academy pupil studied software engineering at the University of Abertay and previously worked as a lifeguard.

Fraser, 23, said that he subsequently joined the Royal Navy for adventure, to travel and for the physical and mental challenge.

He continued: “Training has been a mix of long days and short weeks. Every day is challenging, but when the day is done you can’t beat the sense of pride for all that you have achieved.”

With the first stage of his training complete, Fraser’s next port of call will HMS Sultan in Hampshire where he will learn skills in marine engineering to keep the ship running smoothly, safely and effectively.

Once fully qualified he will work on everything from the ship’s hull and engines to its electrical, fuel, hydraulic and fire fighting systems. As the ship will be away from port for weeks at a time, he will also be trained to make spare parts and other vital components in the ship’s workshops.

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, 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.