First New Sailors to Pass Out of Basic Training at HMS Collingwood for Over Half a Century
The first men and women to be transformed from civilians to sailors at HMS Collingwood in more than half a century have completed their training.
Eleven recruits finished three months of training at the Fareham establishment, passing out as able seamen, ready to begin their professional instruction as engineers, warfare specialists and nurses in the Royal Navy.
They are the first of 500 raw recruits to be trained at Collingwood this year – 1,000 in all by the end of 2022 – as part of a wider effort to swell the Royal Navy’s numbers by 3,000 to meet the global missions expected of it under the Defence Review.
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