Portsmouth recruit swaps coffee for Royal Navy career

A TEENAGER has joined the ranks for a Royal Navy career after completing his basic training at HMS Collingwood.
   AB(WS) (Able Seaman (Warfare Specialist)) Thomas Webb, aged 18, joined the service on March 8 and has now completed the intensive 10-week basic training course designed to teach him the skills he will rely upon throughout his naval career.
   Ex-Admiral Lord Nelson School student Thomas (pictured) worked in a coffee shop before joining up.

He said: “I joined the Royal Navy to have a full and lifelong career and to travel the world. I also wanted to make my family proud of me.”

   On his training so far, Thomas added: “The highlight for me was learning about the seamanship routines and our ships visits on HMS Ranger.”

   With this first phase of his training complete, Thomas will remain at HMS Collingwood for his Warfare training. Once this is complete, he will have the opportunity to serve aboard some of the world’s most advanced warships as they are deployed across the globe.    

   Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online or by calling the Recruitment Line on 03456 00 53 02.

Photograph courtesy of Keith Woodland, Crown Copyright