Calum swaps sales for sails after basic training at Fareham naval base

An 18-YEAR-OLD has joined the ranks of the Royal Navy after completing his basic training at HMS Collingwood.
   ET(CIS) (Engineering Technician (Communication Information Systems Specialist) Calum Godden joined the service on January 11 as part of one of the first intake of new trainees through Collingwood’s gates since the 1960s. He has now completed the intensive 10-week basic training course designed to teach him the skills he will rely upon throughout his naval career.
   Although ex-Cornwallis Academy student Calum worked in retail after leaving school, he wanted and said: “It’s my dream job and will help me achieve my life goals. My family history is in the services with relatives serving during World War 2, therefore I wanted to keep their memory closer by joining the Royal Navy.”
   He added: “The highlights were arriving at HMS Collingwood, firefighting and our seamanship training which involved spending a day on a P200 vessel.
   “Training has had its hard times, as it’s meant to, but it’s definitely lived up to what I expected of it and I feel I’ve become a stronger person for it. From walking through the main gate to passing out it’s been a tough journey. I’ve made friends for life and learnt skills I never thought I would. My new shipmates are a second family.”
   With this first phase of his training complete, Calum will remain at HMS Collingwood for his Communication Information Systems training and, once this is complete, have the opportunity to
Photograph courtesy of Keith Woodland, Crown Copyright

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