Sunday 25th June 2017

Recruit Fitzsimmons Sails through Navy Training

Former Cardinal Heenan student Carl Fitzsimmons has recently completed his transformation from a civilian into a Royal Navy sailor during a 10 week intensive training course at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.

From day one the 18-year old trainee Logistician from Old Swan has been put through a series of physical and mental challenges in order to reach the essential standards required by every member of the Naval Service.

He has been engaged in team work exercises that mimic as much as possible the operations that the Royal Navy is involved with all over the globe. As well as the basics such as marching and fitness sessions, Carl has also learned how to handle an SA80 assault rifle, seamanship techniques and how to tackle floods and fires at sea. The course culminates in the passing-out-parade attended by families and friends.

He chose a career with the Royal Navy to travel the world and is following in the footsteps of his brother, Sean, who has been in the Royal Navy for the past three and a half years and is currently serving as an Engineer Technician (Marine Engineering) on HMS Scott. A keen boxer Carl hopes to become a member of the Navy's boxing team. Carl said: "Initial training has been the best experience of my life yet the hardest. My ambition for the future is to progress through the ranks of the service to the highest I possibly can."

Carl's passion has driven him to successfully complete his initial training; he will be staying at HMS Raleigh to complete the second stage of his training transferring to the Defence Maritime Logistics School (DMLS). There he will undergo a 12 week course to learn every aspect of stores accountancy. Once qualified Carl will be responsible for ensuring that his ship has everything it needs to operate at sea, ordering and storing millions of pounds worth of equipment, from engineering parts to stationery.

The Royal Navy's Initial Naval Training course is underpinned by nine Core Maritime Skills that are the foundations of naval life and underpin operational effectiveness. With Royal Navy personnel playing a vital role in Afghanistan and other land-based operations, recruits undergo training in basic combat skills which includes survival in the field. Fitness is a key component of the training and is delivered using a disciplined method of military fitness which focuses on developing co-ordination and individual physical strength and endurance.

Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at or by calling the Recruitment Line on 08456 07 55 55.

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