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Fijian Recruit Sets Sail for High Seas Career

A Royal Navy recruit from Fiji was among the successful recruits on parade at HMS Raleigh in the UK to celebrate the completion of her Royal Navy basic training. Trainee
02 Aug 2014 08:11

A Royal Navy recruit from Fiji was among the successful recruits on parade at HMS Raleigh in the UK to celebrate the completion of her Royal Navy basic training.
Trainee Steward Timaima Leweni arrived at the training based in Cornwall in May to undergo 10 weeks of intensive training to transform her from a civilian into a Royal Navy sailor.
The course culminates in the passing-out parade attended by families and friends.
Timaima, 26, attended Lelean Memorial School.
She said: “I joined the Royal Navy to travel the world and help my parents back at home.
“The best bit of training has been passing all the tests, sometimes I’ve thought I wouldn’t be able to do, but it’s been rewarding to pass.
“Being given the role of deputy class leader was also a privilege, so I’ve had a duty in our class.
“These past 10 weeks have prepared me for the years to come in the Royal Navy. I want to move up in ranks and eventually perhaps take on in a medical role.”
With the first phase of her training complete Timaima will transfer to the Defence Maritime Logistics School, which is also based at HMS Raleigh.
There she will undergo a 12-week course to learn how to provide hospitality for visiting VIPs including Heads of State. She will learn about accommodation management and stock accounting.
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.
Recruits are taught the basics of naval discipline and customs.
They learn about navigation and are given the chance to take the helm of their own medium sized inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise.
As the course progresses the recruits take part in three extended exercises to test their skills and understanding of the principles they have been taught.Royal Navy
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