My dad served on the old diesel class submarines and my grandad was based out in Singapore so I’ve grown up listening to the amazing times they’ve had.

Recruit Connor Barnes

Mark Barnes, Connor’s father, served with his uncle, Neil, on board a submarine in the 1980s.  Neil introduced Mark to his sister who later became Mark’s wife and Connor’s mum.   Desmond Barnes reached the rank of Petty Officer (Electrician).

Connor said:  “My family love the fact that I’m in the Royal Navy. They always said they’d be proud of me whatever I do, but there were a few tears shed at my passing-out-parade.

"It was a proud day, especially because it’s in the blood now and they’re proud to see me doing something that I love, that they loved too.”

Connor has joined the Royal Navy under the Nuclear Undergraduate Apprentice Scheme. The scheme offers a fully-funded engineering degree on a tailored career and promotion to Petty Officer within four years.

With the first phase of his training complete Connor must learn how to operate beneath the waves and will move to HMS Drake in Plymouth to begin his submarine qualification training.

Connor said:  “I want to get to sea as soon as possible. I’d like to get my degree, become a senior rating and then I’d like to commission as an Officer and go to Britannia Royal Naval College.”

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