First basic trainees to pass out at HMS Collingwood in over 50 years during their passing out parade 040521 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY

Basic Trainees Pass Out Of HMS Collingwood For First Time In More Than 50 Years

The Navy looked to HMS Collingwood to provide basic training after a rise in demand to join the service.

First basic trainees to pass out at HMS Collingwood in over 50 years during their passing out parade 040521 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY

Basic trainees have passed out at HMS Collingwood for the first time in more than half a century.

Eleven recruits finished three months of training at the Royal Navy base in Fareham, Hampshire, passing out as able seamen.

They are the first of 500 raw recruits to be trained at HMS Collingwood this year, with 1,000 in all by the end of 2022.

Divisional instructor Leading Hand Sam Mullane said he is "immensely proud" and that training the recruits at HMS Collingwood has been "one of the highlights" of his career.

"When they were in week one, they were working as individuals, were stressed and time management was bad," he said.

"But now, they are a well-oiled machine and you can see them less stressed and coming together and working well."

Coronavirus rules meant family and friends were unable to attend the ceremony but were able to watch the proceedings on a live stream.

Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood march on to begin the passing out parade (Picture: Royal Navy).

HMS Collingwood's Commanding Officer Catherine Jordan was in attendance and said "it is a great celebration" seeing the first group of basic trainees pass out.

"The staff and the passers-out should be rightfully proud of their hard work in setting up the training here and delivering the first Pass-Out Parade," she said.

The training at Collingwood comes as part of a wider effort to increase the Royal Navy's numbers by 3,000 to meet the global missions expected of the service under the Integrated Review.

With its traditional civvy-to-sailor training base of HMS Raleigh, Cornwall, already at maximum capacity, the Navy looked to HMS Collingwood to take on the task for two years.

Trainees received the same instruction as their counterparts at HMS Raleigh, with some activities tweaked to account for location.

Training reached its climax at Browndown Camp, near Gosport, where the recruits were expected to demonstrate the military and leadership skills they had developed.

The recruits underwent three months of training (Picture: Royal Navy).

Recruit Jasmine Savage, who now reports for duty at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth as a newly-qualified Naval Nurse, said: "Training has been challenging at times but it's meant to be. I have been able to grow as a person while doing it.

"I think I have taken to it like a duck to water.

"I tried to enjoy the moment and take every day as it came. 

"The friends I made also made training enjoyable, they are a really good bunch and have made this experience easier."

Luke Gaskin, 17, from Darlington, will remain at Collingwood to complete his training as a weapon engineer.

He said: "I'm the first member of my family in the services and I think that makes them proud.

"I joined mainly for that – to make my family proud and also myself. It is a great opportunity and will set me up for life."

In November, the Navy said interest in joining the service has 'surged' during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the increased demand, Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth has also been used to provide basic training to Navy recruits for the first time

Cover image: Eleven recruits passed out at the Fareham establishment (Picture: Royal Navy).