Darlington teen sails through Royal Navy training

Darlington and Stockton Times: Matthew Bowers, 19, has passed his training to become a Royal Navy communications and information systems specialist Matthew Bowers, 19, has passed his training to become a Royal Navy communications and information systems specialist

A TEENAGER from Darlington has completed his transformation from a civilian into a Royal Navy sailor after passing an intensive training course.

Matthew Bowers, 19, spent ten weeks training at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall to become a Royal Navy communications and information systems specialist.

Matthew, a former Richmond School pupil, is now heading for HMS Collingwood in Hampshire to learn how to operate radio and satellite systems to become a central member of the ship's warfare department.

Once all his training is complete, Matthew’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.

He said: “The reason I joined the Royal Navy was to meet new people, to get a career rather than just a job and to travel the world.

“I’ve loved every minute of training, but the main highlights were the sinking ship simulator and completing the military exercise on Dartmoor, which gave me a real buzz.

“Overall there have been some hard times, but training has certainly changed me for the better.”

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3:18pm Mon 16 Dec 13

oliviaden6 says...

Good luck to this young man I admire him greatly? I did the same in 1965 and never regretted it it made me a self made man G old luck for now nd in the future, well done
Good luck to this young man I admire him greatly? I did the same in 1965 and never regretted it it made me a self made man G old luck for now nd in the future, well done oliviaden6

5:13pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Stephen Bowers says...

So proud of you son what a great day on Friday good luck for the future to you and all the lads and lasses that we meet on Friday Mam & Dad.
So proud of you son what a great day on Friday good luck for the future to you and all the lads and lasses that we meet on Friday Mam & Dad. Stephen Bowers

5:49pm Mon 16 Dec 13

NOTODDEN says...

Stephen Bowers wrote:
So proud of you son what a great day on Friday good luck for the future to you and all the lads and lasses that we meet on Friday Mam & Dad.
Well done and good luck
[quote][p][bold]Stephen Bowers[/bold] wrote: So proud of you son what a great day on Friday good luck for the future to you and all the lads and lasses that we meet on Friday Mam & Dad.[/p][/quote]Well done and good luck NOTODDEN

1:16am Tue 17 Dec 13

SirLance says...

Good luck young man! I left years ago and traveled the world! I arrived at my destination with nothing!--and still have most of it left! Life is for living! Sir Lance
Good luck young man! I left years ago and traveled the world! I arrived at my destination with nothing!--and still have most of it left! Life is for living! Sir Lance SirLance

3:23pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Stephen Bowers says...

oliviaden6 wrote:
Good luck to this young man I admire him greatly? I did the same in 1965 and never regretted it it made me a self made man G old luck for now nd in the future, well done
Thankyou very much for comment
[quote][p][bold]oliviaden6[/bold] wrote: Good luck to this young man I admire him greatly? I did the same in 1965 and never regretted it it made me a self made man G old luck for now nd in the future, well done[/p][/quote]Thankyou very much for comment Stephen Bowers

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