A TEENAGER from Chatteris was among the successful Royal Navy recruits on parade at HMS Raleigh to mark the end of his basic training recently.
Trainee Submariner Jake Batizovszky (18) arrived at the Royal Navy training base in Cornwall in February 2012.
During a 10-week course he has been given a thorough induction into the Royal Navy, learning skills that he will rely upon throughout his time in the Service. The course culminates with the passing-out-parade attended by families and friends.
Jake is a former pupil of Cromwell Community College and worked as a customer service assistant prior to embarking on his Naval career. He was inspired to join the Royal Navy by his aunt, Lieutenant Alexandra Wright-Jones, who is currently serving in Gibraltar and his grandfather, John Wright-Jones, a former Naval Chief Petty Officer.
Jake said: “I joined the Royal Navy because I wanted a challenging career, which tested me both mentally and physically and brought the best out of me. I’ve made of lot new friends through training and I’ve enjoyed completing all the tasks and learning about Naval life.
“Training wasn’t what I thought it would be. In fact it’s been better. A Naval career is definitely the best to look forward to in my opinion and the training has certainly prepared me for it.”
With the first phase of his training complete, Jake’s next port of call is HMS Collingwood in Hampshire. There he will learn about the weapons systems on board submarines, the safety procedures and how to make electrical and electronic repairs. He will also be taught basic hydraulics and pneumatics. Once fully qualified as an Engineering Technician Jake will be taught how to operate beneath the waves at the Royal Navy Submarine School based at HMS Raleigh.
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.