A NAVY recruit from Wirral has sailed through his training.
Trainee engineer technician Michael Docherty was among a fleet of Royal Navy recruits who passed their basic training at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.
The 24-year-old, from Wallasey, completed a 10-week course at the Royal Navy training base, which began in May.
During this time he was given a thorough induction including discipline and customs of the Royal Navy, navigation and learning skills to be relied on throughout his service.
Family and friends proudly looked on as Michael and colleagues took part in a passing-out-parade at HMS Raleigh to mark the successful end of training.
Michael, a former pupil of Mosslands School, said: “I wanted to have the opportunity to travel the world and meet new people.
“I enjoyed most of the initial training and I feel so proud to have completed the course. All of my hard work has paid off and I can’t wait to start the rest of my career.”
Michael’s next port of call is HMS Sultan, Hampshire. There he will learn the skills in marine engineering to keep the ship running smoothly, safely and effectively.
Once qualified he will work on everything from the ship’s hull and engines to its electrical, fuel, hydraulic and fire fighting systems.
As the ship will be away from port for weeks at a time, he’ll be trained to make spare parts and other vital components in the ship’s workshops.