Navy recruit follows in dad’s footsteps at Collingwood

TOP Naval base HMS Collingwood has seen one long-serving family member leave and another graduate from specialist training.
   Warrant Officer 1 Tim Cox joined the Royal Navy on October 5, 1992, before nearly 28 years to the day, son Harry followed in his footsteps.

   Although both originally began their training at HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall, they were serving at the Fareham establishment  on a particularly significant day for the family – Saturday, June 26, 2021.

   That was the day Harry successfully graduated from his Above Water Warfare (AWW) training and dad Tim left the Royal Navy to transfer to a Full Time Reserve Service position as Victory Squadron Warrant Officer at Collingwood. Tim’s hand-over period meant that for some weeks, both father and son were in Victory Squadron.
   Tim said: “It was an immensely proud day for both of us, Harry graduating to become Gained Trained Strength in preparation for joining a sea-going unit and myself reflecting on a long and enjoyable career. I’m immensely proud of what Harry has achieved in his short career so far and a little envious of the fantastic opportunities he has ahead of him.”

Bay House School

   Former Bay House School pupil Harry will now move to HMS Nelson prior to joining his first ship. His father’s career had included service on HMS Boxer, HMS Gloucester and HMS Richmond twice, among many other postings.
   Now Tim will continue at Collingwood in his new role, mentoring and inspiring recruits in their specialist training.
   Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online or by calling the Recruitment Line on 03456 00 53 02

THAT’S MY BOY: Warrant Officer 1 Tim Cox stands proudly beside his son, Able Seaman 2 Harry Cox, who has graduated from Phase 2 training at HMS Collingwood. Photograph courtesy of Keith Woodland, Crown copyright