Navy sailors finish basic training 270320 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY
Navy

Royal Navy Recruits Complete Basic Training

The passing out parade was held behind closed doors because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Navy sailors finish basic training 270320 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY

Fifty-three Royal Navy sailors have completed 10 weeks of basic training at HMS Raleigh. 

The passing out parade, usually attended by hundreds of families and friends, was held behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak.

However, the Navy set up a live stream online so family and friends could tune in.

Captain Rich Harris, Commanding Officer of HMS Raleigh, said: "While this passing out parade and currently those planned for future recruits will be held without their families to share in the pride and joy of their achievement, it in no way undermines their great efforts and readiness to serve their nation."

Medical personnel, chefs and engineers were among those to complete the training, the Navy said. 

Nineteen-year-old Air Engineering Technician Michael Guthrie, who is the fourth generation of his family to join the Armed Forces, said: "Training was a bit of a tumble between happiness, nervousness and pride in what I and the rest of my class achieved every day.

"I am very proud to join the Royal Navy and follow my family in what has developed into a tradition."

The Army has paused all basic training operations because of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Captain Harris said HMS Raleigh will continue to "deliver essential training" to ensure "operational outputs" are fulfilled.

It comes as the British Army paused all basic training operations because of COVID-19, with face-to-face assessments of potential new recruits also being postponed.

The Army said basic training will resume "as soon as conditions allow" and confirmed all affected recruits will keep their place in training.

The Ministry of Defence said training centres will remain open while the Army looks into ways to remotely test candidates, following advice from the Government.

Cover image: Navy sailors during the passing out parade at HMS Raleigh (Picture: Royal Navy).