Worthing teenager on course for career at sea

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A 19-YEAR-OLD Royal Navy recruit from Worthing has completed the first stage of her training and is now on course for a career at sea.

Trainee communication and information systems specialist Lillie Gilmartin arrived at the gates of HMS Raleigh in Cornwall last December

Lillie has now undergone 10 weeks of intensive training to learn the ropes and gain all the basic skills needed to be a sailor.

Lillie said: “I joined the Royal Navy for the opportunities and to travel the world. I really enjoyed training, particularly the military exercises that helped us bond as a team.

“Staying overnight on Brecon, a decommissioned minesweeper, gave us a great insight into what life will be like on board.”

The former pupil of Davison High School worked in a bar before signing up for the Royal Navy.

She added: “Overall, I feel a great sense of accomplishment for achieving everything during training and I’m looking forward to a long career in the Royal Navy.”

With the first phase of her training complete, Lillie will now transfer to HMS Collingwood. There she will learn how to operate highly sensitive radio and satellite systems to become a central member of the ship’s warfare department.

Lillie’s role at sea will be to send and receive vital messages from the shore and other ships, including orders, routine supply requests and other essential day-to-day communications.

Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at www.royalnavy.mod.uk or by calling the recruitment line on 08456 075555.